Monday, 23 September 2013 16:58

NJ Bans Employer Access to Employee Social Media

New Jersey has joined the multitude of other states which have enacted laws limiting employer access to employee social media accounts. The law prohibits employers from requesting or requiring a current or prospective employee to provide or disclose any user name or password, or in any way provide the employer access to, a personal account.

Additionally, the law goes on to prohibit employers from requiring an individual to waive or limit any protection granted under the law as a condition of applying for or receiving an offer of employment.  Specifically, the law states that an agreement to waive any right or protection is against the public policy of New Jersey and is void and unenforceable.

The law also prohibits employer retaliation or discrimination against an individual because the individual: refuses to provide or disclose any user name or password, or in any way provide access to, a personal account; reports an alleged violation to the Commission of Labor and Workforce Development; testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation, proceeding, or action concerning a violation of the law; or otherwise opposes a violation of the law.

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