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Illinois, Maryland Propose Legislation for Job Seekers

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 21, 2012

Lawmakers in Illinois and Maryland have proposed legislation that would bar the employer practice of requiring prospective employees to provide total access to their social network profiles, the Chicago Tribune reports. State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) has proposed legislation to make the request illegal. Ford said, "It is just violating a person's right to privacy." The legislation would provide a safeguard for those who "feel they would be fired or they wouldn't really get a fair shot at employment," he said. Illinois Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Council Executive Director Jay Shattuck said he is looking into whether exceptions will be needed. "There's some law enforcement and other areas," he said, "that might require a higher level of security in making sure the employees they are hiring are who they say they are."
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