Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsSpotlight for Recruiting ProfessionalsJune 12, 2013
Following a trend among states, Washington has enacted a social media privacy bill, banning employers from requesting user names and passwords of current or prospective employees’ personal social media accounts. The new Washington law is effective on July 28, 2013.
Washington joins other states that have enacted such legislation, including Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, and Utah.
Jackson Lewis LLP reports that the new Washington law’s definition of “employer” as any person, firm, corporation, partnership, business trust, legal representative, or other business entity that engages in any business, industry, profession or other activity in Washington and employs one or more employees.
Under the law, employers may not:
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