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Illinois ‘Facebook Law’ bans seeking employee passwords

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in Employment Law,HR Management,Human Resources

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation barring employers from requesting job applicants’ or employees’ social media passwords. Dubbed the “Face­­­book Law,” the new law is intended to protect employees’ private communications from the prying eyes of prospective or current bosses.

The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, lets employers view public portions of an employee’s online account. How­­ever, they can’t try to look at web content the employee deems private and protects with a password.

The law does not affect an employer’s right to set technology policies on the job or to restrict how workers use employer-provided tech devices.

Note: Delving too deeply into employees’ social media accounts can only cause problems. Advice: Remind employees never to reveal any trade secrets on­­line. Make it clear that any views they express on social media are their own and not necessarily those of the company.

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