Over the past few years, states around the country have enacted laws limiting an employer’s ability to access the personal social media accounts of applicants and employees. Earlier this year, Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock signed HB 342 into law. Before that, Virginia enacted a similar measure. On May 19, Connecticut’s Governor added the Nutmeg state to… Continue Reading
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
Effective September 30, 2014, New Hampshire joins sixteen other states (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin) in prohibiting employers from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose their login information for accessing any “personal account” or service through an electronic communication device. Similar… Continue Reading
Add Oklahoma to the list of states prohibiting employers from requesting or demanding access to the personal social media accounts of employees or applicants. Signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin, H.B. 2372 becomes effective November 1, 2014. In addition to being prohibited from requesting or demanding usernames or passwords from employees or applicants to their… Continue Reading
Following the enactment of similar laws in Wisconsin and Tennessee earlier this year, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed HB 340, the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act, into law prohibiting employers and schools in Louisiana from demanding access to personal email, social media and other types of online accounts. The Act applies to just about any… 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
Effective January 1, 2015, Tennessee employers, including government entities, will be prohibited from requesting or requiring access to the private social networking or online accounts of employees and job applicants under the Volunteer State’s “Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014,” signed by Governor Bill Haslam. Our Tennessee colleagues outline the key provisions of the law, including some of… Continue Reading
If the intersection of social networking and workplace privacy laws piques your attention, you may find an article written by my colleague Michael Frankel particularly interesting. He writes about a recent case, Pecile v. Titan Capital Group, LLC out of New York, where the court refused to grant the defendants’ request for access to the plaintiffs’… 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 Florida Senate is considering joining a multitude of states which have banned employers from requesting or requiring access to current or prospective employees’ social media accounts. Senate Bill SB198, entitled “An Act Relating to Social Media Privacy,” would prohibit employers from requiring or requesting access to employee or applicant social media accounts and from… Continue Reading
Jackson Lewis Special Report on Social Media in the Workplace.
Another state limits employers’ rights to access employee and applicant social media account information.
More states pass laws limiting access by employers to the social media accounts of applicants and employees
Add New Mexico to the list of states with social medica privacy laws
Michigan becomes fourth state to enact law banning employers from requiring access to employees’/applicants’ social media accounts
New Jersey may become fourth state, following Maryland, Illinois and California, to place limits on employers’ ability to access the social media accounts of employees and applicants.
And then there were three… Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown made his state the third in the union, following Maryland and Illinois, to limit access to employees and students’ social media accounts
California moves one step closer to becoming third state to significantly limit when employers could ask employees and job applicants for social media passwords and account information
Illinois becomes second state to prohibit employers from demanding social media passwords from employees and applicants
Illinois next in the line of states seeking to prohibit employers from asking employees and applicants for their Facebook and other social media passwords.
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