Social Networking Online Protection Act Introduced
On May 2, 2012, Maryland became the first state to prohibit employers from asking their employees for social media passwords or accessing the social media accounts of prospective and current employees. Is it any wonder that this would lead to the introduction of a federal bill that prohibits the practice of asking employees for their social media passwords? The bill is called Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA), introduced on April 27, 2012. It would bar employers from disciplining individuals who refuse to volunteer such information. Stay tuned for developing information on the social media front.
Justine Lohelein, MBA, SPHR
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