Congress and more states seek to block employer access to employees’ Facebook/Twitter passwords

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In the past year, laws banning em­­ployers from asking employees and applicants to hand over passwords to their personal social media sites have been passed in 10 states (AR, CA, CO, IL, MD, MI, NJ, NM, UT and WA). Now, such legislation is pending in Congress.

It’s a real issue: One in 10 applicants under age 34 has been rejected for a new job because of some­­thing he or she posted on Twitter, Face­­book, etc. For legal tips on using social media in recruiting, check out "Watch out for pitfalls, risks of using social media in hiring."

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