Effective January 1, 2014, Oregon will prohibit employers from compelling an employee or applicant to disclose or provide access to a personal social media account or to add an employer to a social media contact list. +2013 Bill Text OR H.B. 2654. The new Oregon social media law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees or refusing to hire applicants who fail to provide such information.
The new law includes certain limited protections for employers. For example, employers may conduct investigations of employee misconduct involving an employee's personal online account or service.
Based on this new law, Oregon employers should review and amend their workplace policies regarding interviewing, hiring, social media and privacy. Further, employers should provide training to all supervisors and those with hiring responsibilities on the requirements of the new law.
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