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Remember that on December 1, 2013, New Jersey’s social media privacy bill (A2878) becomes law. This law (detailed in the September 2013 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority) bars employers from requiring or requesting that any...more
The legislative torrent has been virtually unprecedented in the area of workplace privacy. In a single season, spring 2013, seven states enacted social media password protection legislation, bringing the total number of...more
On June 13, 2013, Nevada's governor signed A.B. 181 to restrict employer access to applicants' and employees' personal password-protected social media accounts, adding to the state's existing anti-discrimination statute that...more
The 2013 Colorado legislative session resulted in three new laws that are significant for employers....more
Unless it is necessary to comply with a state or federal law or regulation, effective October 1, 2013, it will be illegal for a Nevada employer to require, request, or even suggest that an employee or a prospective employee...more
Riding a wave of national news stories about employers forcing applicants or employees to turn over social media passwords as a condition of employment, the Oregon legislature recently passed House Bill 2654....more
On May 22, 2013, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law House Bill 2654, making Oregon the tenth state to enact a law prohibiting employers from accessing employees' private social media sites. The new law, which...more
The dust is still settling from the mad dash that is the end of the Connecticut General Assembly session.
From the Hill: FMLA Amendment and Anti-Arbitration Legislation -
Lawmakers on the Hill are considering two employment-related bills that would make changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act and invalidate pre-dispute...more
Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others have become a part of daily life in the United States and abroad. The unavoidable reach of social media into our personal lives has extended into our...more
What is in a number? In particular, the number 9? Does it mean anything to you, or symbolize anything in particular?
Even the most basic research reveals...more
Although the Governor called a special session extending the Texas Legislative session, the topics to be addressed are political ones and not the ones we have been tracking....more
As a growing number of states pass legislation which will protect individuals’ social media accounts from employer scrutiny, they have encountered a surprising adversary – FINRA and other securities regulators....more
Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others have become a part of daily life in the United States and abroad. The unavoidable reach of social media into our personal lives has...more
As part of our continuing coverage of the Texas Legislature Watch (they only meet every other year in Texas), we look at the bill that would prohibit employers from demanding passwords or other access to the social media...more
Act 1480, signed by Governor Mike Beebe on April 22, 2013, prohibits an Arkansas employer from requiring or requesting a current or prospective employee to (1) disclose his or her username or password for a personal social...more
On April 22, 2013, Arkansas' governor signed H.B. 1901, continuing the national momentum to prohibit employers from requesting or requiring prospective and current employees to disclose their username and password to their...more
On April 5, 2013, New Mexico's governor made it unlawful for an employer to:
- request or require that a prospective employee divulge a password allowing access to his or her account or profile on a social networking...more
On March 21, 2013, a broadly-worded social media privacy bill (A2878) received final legislative approval, and now awaits action by Governor Chris Christie. As discussed in several prior issues, this bill would bar an...more
EEOC Releases Letter Addressing Wellness Programs and Reasonable Accommodation Obligations - In a letter issued recently by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), Peggy Mastroianni, the agency's Legal Counsel,...more
New Labor Code section 980, effective January 1, 2013, generally precludes employers from requiring or asking employees or job applicants to disclose their user names or passwords, or to provide access to, or divulge...more
On March 26, 2013, Utah joined Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan as the fifth state to prohibit employers from requesting that job applicants or employees disclose passwords protecting their personal internet...more
Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. YouTube. Blogs. Email. Texts. Social media in the workplace has become a fact of life for all employers. Companies are learning that these once feared social media sites can be powerful marketing...more
Senate Bill 499, introduced by three Oregon Senators on February 7, 2013, would prohibit employers and universities, both public and private, from requiring applicants to turn over passwords to their personal social...more
As previously reported in several issues of the New Jersey eAuthority (July 2012, June 2012, and May 2012), several bills are pending that seek to, among other things, prohibit employers from seeking or requiring current or...more
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