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Social media password protection and privacy the patchwork of state laws and how it affects employers

  • Littler Mendelson
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  • USA
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  • May 2 2013

Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others have become a part of daily life in the United States and abroad. The

Rhode Island enacts new legislation prohibiting employers' access to personal online content

  • Littler Mendelson
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  • USA
  • -
  • August 4 2014

Rhode Island recently became the fifth state in 2014 and the 17th state nationwide to enact legislation restricting access by employers to

Making sense of the complex patchwork created by nearly one dozen new social media password protection laws

  • Littler Mendelson
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  • USA
  • -
  • July 2 2013

The legislative torrent has been virtually unprecedented in the area of workplace privacy. In a single season, spring 2013, seven states enacted

NLRB report challenges validity of many commonly used social media policies

  • Littler Mendelson
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  • USA
  • -
  • January 27 2012

In its most recent effort to draw lines on the self-described “hot topic” of the “lawfulness of employers’ social media policies and rules,” the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Office of General Counsel has taken the position that many policy provisions commonly seen in employers’ social media policies violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA

California's new social media "password protection" law takes a more balanced approach by accounting for employers' legitimate business interests

  • Littler Mendelson
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  • USA
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  • October 10 2012

After a series of alleged incidents reported in the news media of employers (principally public employers) requesting or requiring access to employees' or applicants' personal social media accounts, legislators around the country rushed to introduce legislation in response to the public outcry

Michigan's new "social media password protection" law multiplies the challenges for employers seeking to investigate employees' social media misconduct

  • Littler Mendelson
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  • USA
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  • January 2 2013

Joining California, Illinois, and Maryland, Michigan has enacted its own social media password protection law, which went into effect with the governor's

New Jersey court's decision provides roadmap for access to employees' restricted social media content

  • Littler Mendelson
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 27 2013

With New Jersey poised to become the twelfth state to enact a social media password protection law and scant case law addressing the circumstances

Decision shines light on how not to investigate employees online

  • Littler Mendelson
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  • USA
  • -
  • August 23 2013

We previously contended that applicants and employees might create "phantom" social media profiles to thwart employer inquiries into their online

NLRB opens useful escape hatch for employers responding to obnoxious social media conduct

  • Littler Mendelson
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  • USA
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  • October 3 2011

Selling luxury cars in a down economy can be tough enough without employees mocking a company-sponsored sales event on their Facebook page

Maryland "Facebook law" raises new obstacles for employers vetting applicants and investigating employees, but with important exceptions

  • Littler Mendelson
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  • USA
  • -
  • April 11 2012

The momentum in the media made it almost inevitable: the first state law to expressly restrict employers from asking applicants and employees for social media account log-in credentials has been passed