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Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -

Connecticut Joins States That Protect Personal Online Accounts of Employees

Connecticut has joined a list of twenty-one states with a statute designed to preserve the privacy of personal online accounts of employees and limit the use of information related to such accounts in employment...more

Trendsetter or Outlier? Oregon Adds New Twist to Password Protection Laws

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Since early 2012, 21 states have enacted some form of "password protection" law. Although these laws vary substantially by state, their common thread is the intention to restrict employers' ability to access content in...more

Connecticut Restricts Employer Access to Personal Social Media, E-mail and Online Retail Accounts of Employees and Applicants

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On May 19, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute restricting an employer’s ability to gain access to social media, e-mail and other personal online accounts of employees and job...more

Oklahoma to Prohibit Employer Access to Private Social Media

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On November 1, 2014, Oklahoma will join a number of other jurisdictions that prohibit employers from gaining access to passwords to employee or applicant social media accounts or from viewing non-public information maintained...more

Tennessee Legislature Adds Employee Privacy Protections to "Internet Accounts"

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: Accessing information about employees and applicants via their social media accounts just got a bit more complicated in Tennessee. This past legislative session, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the...more

Special Report: Social Media Roundup

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Social Media Roundup - Rhode Island, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and Oklahoma are the latest states to provide prospective and/or current employees with increased social media protections, following Tennessee, Wisconsin,...more

Louisiana Has Joined 16 Other States and Prohibits Employers from Accessing Employee Online Accounts

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Effective August 1, 2014, Louisiana joined at least sixteen other states that have enacted laws prohibiting or restricting employers from accessing employees' personal online accounts – including social media (Twitter,...more

Louisiana Joins the Password Protected Trend

by Baker Donelson on

On May 22, 2014, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law the "Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act." The measure, effective immediately, bans employers, including state and local governments, from requesting...more

More States Restrict Employers’ Access to Employees’ Social Media Accounts

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As first discussed in McDermott Will & Emery’s Privacy and Data Protection 2013 Year In Review, state legislatures are enacting laws limiting employers’ ability to access the social media accounts of their employees. Thus...more

Oklahoma and Louisiana Become the Latest States to Enact Social Media Password Protection Laws

by Littler on

Weeks after Wisconsin and Tennessee enacted their own legislation aimed at restricting access by employers to applicants’ and employees’ personal online content, Oklahoma and Louisiana have followed suit, further complicating...more

Louisiana Bans Access To Employees' Social Media

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On May 22, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act into law. The Act, effective immediately, prohibits employers from requesting or requiring access to the personal online...more

Personal Online Usernames and Passwords Are Protected in TN as of January 1, 2015

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

And you thought it couldn’t happen here! On April 29, Governor Haslam signed into law the Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014. The new law does not go into effect until January 1, 2015 and will not affect any...more

Wisconsin Latest State to Provide Social Media Protections to Applicants and Employees

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On April 8, 2014, Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin Act 208 to prohibit employers from requiring or requesting that prospective and current employees disclose usernames and passwords for their personal Internet accounts....more

Wisconsin Adopts Password Protection Law

by Littler on

Wisconsin has become the thirteenth state to enact a law limiting the circumstances under which employers may request or require access to the personal internet accounts of applicants and employees. The 2013 Wisconsin Act...more

Social media restrictions on employers passes Oklahoma House

by McAfee & Taft on

In 2014, at least 25 states have legislation pending which would limit an employer from accessing personal social media. Last week Oklahoma joined that list....more

Oregon Restricts Employers' Access to Private Social Media Accounts

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Oregon recently joined numerous states in prohibiting employers from seeking access to employees’ or prospective employees’ private social-media accounts, personal email, and other online content....more

New 2014 Oregon Employment Laws

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Oregon employers are directly affected by several new laws recently passed by the legislature. Most changes went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted. We’ve compiled a summary of the most significant changes...more

Top New Jersey Legal Developments - January 2014

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

2013 was a busy year for employment law in New Jersey. This newsletter summarizes noteworthy developments in ten key areas—social media, the Law Against Discrimination ("LAD"), whistleblowing, background checks, drug and...more

Social Networking Password Laws In Effect For The New Year

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Two new laws governing the ability of school authorities to obtain passwords to and information from personal social networking websites of employees and students go into effect on January 1, 2014. The definition of social...more

New Jersey Social Media Privacy Bill Becomes Law

On August 29, 2013, a more limited social media privacy bill (A2878), adopting the common sense conditions set forth in Governor Chris Christie’s previous conditional veto, was enacted. The new law, effective December 1,...more

Nevada Latest State To Limit Employer Access To Employee Social Media Accounts

Nevada has become the eleventh state in the nation to enact a law restricting employer access to employee social media accounts. Beginning October 1, 2013, it will be illegal for Nevada employers to require or request that an...more

New Jersey Employers May Not "Like" State's New Social Media "Privacy Settings"

On August 29, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a new measure prohibiting employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide login information or allow employer access to their accounts on...more

New Jersey Becomes Latest Jurisdiction to Pass Social Media Privacy Laws for Employees

On August 29, 2013, New Jersey became the latest jurisdiction to enact legislation which prohibits employers from requiring job candidates or current employees to provide their user names and passwords to personal social...more

New Jersey’s New Social Media Privacy Law: Balancing Employee Rights And Employer Protections

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

New Jersey has now joined the growing list of jurisdictions seeking to regulate the extent to which employers can monitor their workers’ social media presence. Currently, eleven other states – Arkansas, California, Colorado,...more

Employer Social Media Policies – Interview with Mitch Danzig, Member, Member, Mintz Levin

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Mitch Danzig, Member of Mintz Levin's Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, discusses the importance of having a social media policy that is structured in accordance with the recent NLRB rulings. ...more

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