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What employers need to know about electronic signatures

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electronic signatureFor centuries, a signature at the bottom of a piece of paper has meant someone agrees with what the document says. But now many of our documents are made of electrons instead of wood pulp.

Can keystrokes carry the same legal weight as pen strokes? Yes.

THE LAW: The Uniform Law Com­­mis­­sion drafted the Uniform Elec­­tronic Transactions Act (UETA) in 1999, providing states with a template to regulate electronic signatures. Many states adopted UETA, but many modified the original template to suit their needs. As a result, each state has a slightly different law governing electronic signatures.

UETA prohibits refusing to accept an electronic signature simply because it is electronic. It requires that the signature be considered valid if the person “signing” knowingly used a “security measure.” That’s defined as any procedure used to verify an electronic signature, record or performance, including the procedures that use algori...(register to read more)

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