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Proposed Michigan Social Media Law Banning Employer Access to Employee Passwords – Not Something to “Like”

Proposed Michigan Social Media legislation is back in the headlines. Specifically, Chris Gautz of Crain’s Detroit Business reported that Michigan Senate House Bill 5523, (sponsored by Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton), was approved unanimously by the House in September and is now sitting on the Senate floor.  This bill would “outlaw” employers from requiring employees and … Continue Reading

Michigan Proposes Legislation to Ban Employers from Accessing Employees’ Social Media Sites

Michigan recently joined a growing trend of states that have introduced legislation to prohibit employers from asking job applicants and current employees for passwords and other private account information for social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Specifically, State Rep. Aric Nesbitt (Republican) proposed legislation that applies to state and private employers. Mr. Nesbitt’s … Continue Reading

Requiring Employees or Job Applicants to Turn Over Facebook Passwords? Three Reasons Why This is a Horrible Idea

Increasingly, employers are asking prospective or current employees to turn over their Facebook passwords in order to review their profiles.   In response to this increase some states, including California, Illinois, and Maryland, have proposed legislation to ban such conduct.  Facebook recently interjected its position on this topic when its Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, noted … Continue Reading

The Intersection of Social Media & Employment Law: The Good, the Bad, and the Confusing.

On February 6, 2012 I had the opportunity to speak to human resource professionals about legal issues at the intersection of social media and employment law. This HR group is lead by the B2B Connection and its president Gail Sanderson. A special thanks is also owed to Molly DiBianca over at the Delaware Employment Law Blog for her permission … Continue Reading

Using Social Media to Screen Job Applicants – A Few Recommendations for Employers

Certainly social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, and Twitter provide employers with opportunities to obtain useful, legitimate, and relevant information about a job applicant. But the above Dilbert comic by Scott Adams underscores that there are also risks in using such social media outlets to screen job applicants.   Specifically, if employers use social media … Continue Reading
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