Saturday, March 8, 2014
Employers Demanding Facebook Passwords?
Does an employer have the right to see your postings on various social media outlets on the internet? States are moving to pass laws preventing an employer from asking for your password for Facebook and other social media sites.
In 2012 six states passed laws to prohibit this employer practice. In 2013 seven more states followed. Other states are considering legislation.
This is basically a privacy issue. And while an employer may have a right to perform a background check on an employee or prospective employee when relevant to that employee's job performance, an employer may not have the right to invade an employee's private life where the matter is not directly relevant to the workplace.
In all, as i=of the date of this writing, 26 states have either passed, introduced or have pending legislation on the matter.
Here is a list: