Update: New Social Media Rule for New Jersey Employers Passes Assembly

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Update: New Social Media Rule for New Jersey Employers Passes Assembly

by Ramon Rivera on July 3, 2012

New Jersey employers concerned about proposed new social media rules should be aware that proposed legislation has passed in the New Jersey Assembly. Lawmakers voted 77-0 on the measure.

As we previously discussed on this New Jersey business law blog, employers’ use of social media is facing growing scrutiny by the media and lawmakers across the country. The New Jersey law, A-2878, would prohibit employers from requiring a prospective employee to provide their user name, password, or other information needed to access social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Employers who violate the law would face civil penalties of $1,000 for the first offense, and $2,500 for repeat violations.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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