Chad Hatmaker writes:
The Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014 will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, and it will apply to any person or entity that employs one or more employees. This includes state and local governments, as well as private businesses, and any agent, representative or designee of employers.
The act prohibits employers from:
- Requesting or requiring employees or applicants to disclose a password to a personal Internet account;
- Compelling employees or applicant to add the employer or an employment agency to their contacts associated with a personal Internet account;
- Compelling employees or applicants to access a personal Internet account in the presence of the employer to enable the employer to observe its contents;
- Discharging, failing to hire, or penalizing employees or applicants for refusing to comply with any of the above prohibited actions.
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