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State Seeks To Protect Social Media Accounts

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 20, 2012

XpertHR reports on a New Jersey bill that aims to prohibit employers from requiring potential or current employees to provide usernames and passwords to social networking websites. California, Illinois and Maryland, among other states, have passed similar bills. AB 2878, which passed the New Jersey Senate and now moves on to the Assembly, also prohibits employers from inquiring as to whether a prospective or current employee has an account or profile on a social networking site and allows for civil penalties against employers in the amount of $1,000 for a first violation and $2,500 for a second—collectible by the commissioner of labor and workforce development.
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