Earlier this month, legislators in Montana gave final approval to H.B. 342 which would limit an employer’s ability to access the personal social media accounts of applicants and employees. The bill now goes to Governor Steve Bullock’s (D) office for consideration. If signed, Montana would join become the most recent state to join the list… Continue Reading
Recently, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed a bill that limits employer access to the personal social media accounts of employees and job applicants. The law, which takes effect on July 1, 2015 prohibits employers in Virginia from requiring, requesting, or causing a current or prospective employee to disclose the username and password to the individual’s social… Continue Reading
As we previously reported, sending a “friend” request to access information on an individual’s Facebook page that is not publicly available may have serious ethical implications. Specifically, the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE) alleges John Robertelli and Gabriel Adamo violated the Rules of Professional Conduct, including those governing communications with represented parties, when they caused a paralegal to… Continue Reading
In honor of National Data Privacy Day, we provide the following “Top 15 for 2015.” While the list is by no means exhaustive, it does provide some hot topics for businesses to consider in 2015. Inside Threats for Healthcare Providers and Business Associates. While news reports of security risks often focus on hackings and breaches… Continue Reading
As we previously reported, the Florida legislature was considering joining numerous other states which have banned employers from requesting or requiring access to current or prospective employees’ social media accounts. Senate Bill SB198, which was entitled “An Act Relating to Social Media Privacy,” has died in committee. As such, Florida will not be joining the… Continue Reading
The Florida District Court of Appeal, Second District quashed an order requiring the mother of a vehicle accident victim to produce copies of certain postings on her Facebook account. In Root v. Balfour Beatty Constr., LLC, the plaintiff, Tonia Root (“plaintiff”) filed a negligence suit against the city and its contractors following an accident where her… Continue Reading
If you are a public sector employer, you may be particularly interested in an article written by my fellow shareholder and practice group member, Marlo Johnson Roebuck. She writes about a recent case, Graziosi v. City of Greenville, involving a police department’s decision to terminate a police officer for statements she made on Facebook. As… Continue Reading
In honor of National Data Privacy Day, we provide the following “Top 14 for 2014.” While the list is by no means exhaustive, it does provide critical areas businesses will need to consider in 2014. Location Based Tracking. As the utilization of GPS enable devices becomes more and more prevalent, employers are often faced with… Continue Reading
The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Counsel (FFIEC) recently issued supervisory guidance entitled “Social media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance.” Financial institutions are expected to use the Guidance in their efforts to ensure that their policies and procedures provide oversight and controls commensurate with the risks posed by their involvement in social media. The Guidance was… Continue Reading
Jackson Lewis Special Report on Social Media in the Workplace.
Today’s Pew Research Center report that 72% of online adults use social networking sites, a significant increase since 2005, should spur more employers to address social media in the workplace.
In a case reflecting the challenges faced by institutions of higher education in trying to prevent violence on campus, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania declined to dismiss claims against Widener University by a former student under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and the Stored Communications Act (SCA) for accessing the student’s Facebook account without permission…. Continue Reading
A New Jersey District Court has sanctioned a personal injury plaintiff for spoliation following the plaintiff’s deletion of his Facebook account which defendants were trying to access. The defendant’s discovery requests asked for documents or records of “wall posts, comments, status updates or personal information posted or made by plaintiff on Facebook and/or any social… Continue Reading
Union threats made in social media not treated the same as if made in person on picket line.
Two New Jersey defense lawyers face attorney ethics charges in connection with the way they allegedly accessed Facebook. Regardless of how these charges are resolved, the facts in the case should serve as a reminder to attorneys to become more familiar with social media, and perhaps be more specific in the direction they give to… Continue Reading
The District Court of New Jersey recently denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a former employee’s causes of action for invasion of privacy following a supervisor’s alleged unauthorized access to the employee’s Facebook account. In Ehling v. Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp., the plaintiff, a registered nurse and paramedic, alleged that the defendants engaged in a pattern… Continue Reading
Employee’s intrusion upon seclusion claim fails despite argument that he did not realize his employer could view the Facebook posts he made to a co-worker’s Facebook wall.
Illinois next in the line of states seeking to prohibit employers from asking employees and applicants for their Facebook and other social media passwords.
A Virginia district court recently held that an employee’s clicking of the Facebook “like” button is not comparable to speech. Accordingly, the court affirmed the dismissal of First Amendment retaliation claims brought by employees of a Virginia sheriff’s office finding that the employees’ action was insufficient to merit constitutional protection. Sheriff B.J. Roberts of the Hampton, Virginia… Continue Reading
California Assembly moves bill (voting 73-0) that would make California the second state behind Maryland to prohibit employers from demanding social media passwords.
New Maryland law prohibits employers from demanding access to Facebook or other on line accounts of employees and applicants
UPDATE – Newly enacted Maryland law prohibits employers from demanding access to Facebook or other on line accounts of employees and applicants. In this space we have frequently discussed social media issues ranging from legal considerations in policy development, to employers’ legal and practical risks attendant to reviewing job applicants’ social media presence, to legislative reactions to… Continue Reading
Have you ever reviewed the Facebook or LinkedIn profile or other social media activity of an employee or applicant? How about requiring employees or applicants to provide access to social media activity as a condition of employment.
The ECRI Institute recently published an excellent summary of key issues for hospitals concerning social media (registration required), a valuable read for any hospital administrator, risk manager or human resources director. ECRI reports that approximately 4,000 U.S. hospitals own social media sites and that number is sure to grow significantly. One of the reasons for this growth will likely be due in significant… Continue Reading