Michigan becomes fourth state to enact law banning employers from requiring access to employees’/applicants’ social media accounts
On April 12, 2011, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law S.B. 132/H.B. 87. Under this law, Maryland employers, except in limited circumstances, are prohibited from using an individual’s consumer credit history for hiring or other employment purposes. Beginning October 1, 2011, employers are prohibited from using credit report data to deny employment, discharge an employee,… Continue Reading
This recent Michigan case makes clear that when handling protected health information, HIPAA is not the only game in town. Health care providers also must consider state law protections which, as this and other courts have held, will trump HIPAA when the state laws are more protective.
In the face of increasing unemployment, in March 2011, Florida, Michigan, and Montana joined the ranks of approximately fifteen other states that are considering bills limiting employers’ ability to use credit checks for employment purposes. Florida. Florida’s Senate Bill 1562, introduced on March 3, would prohibit employers from using an applicant’s personal credit history as… Continue Reading
Less than one month into 2010 the trend to address data security, destruction, and encryption has continued among state lawmakers. Specifically, Florida, Michigan, Kentucky, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and New York all have introduced, reintroduced, or amended legislation of this kind. The Florida and Michigan laws would amend personal data destruction rules for companies. The New York law… Continue Reading