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California Social Media Privacy Law AB 1844 Prohibits Employers from Demanding Usernames and Passwords from Applicants and Employees

On September 27, 2012, California Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. announced that he had signed Assembly Bill 1844 (AB 1844) to increase privacy protections for social media users in the state by prohibiting  employers from demanding usernames, passwords, and information related to social media accounts such as Facebook from employees and job applicants. The new law also bans employers from firing or disciplining employees who refuse to divulge the information. The full text of California Assembly Bill 1844 (AB 1844) is at: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201120120AB1844&search_keywords=. Continue reading

Federal E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program Extended by Congress Until 2015

On September 13, 2012, Congress passed S. 3245, a bill that includes an extension by three years of the authorization for the federal E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program until September 30, 2015. E-Verify, which was due to expire on September 30, 2012, allows U.S. employers to verify the work authorization of newly hired employees. This bill goes to President Obama next for him to sign. The full text of S. 3245 is available at: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s3245/text. Continue reading

North Carolina E-Verify Law Requires Use by Employers with 500 or More Employees Starting October 1

A law enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011 that requires businesses in the state with 25 or more employees to use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification program to verify the work authorization of newly hired employees will continue to be phased in over the next year, and employers with 500 or more employees will be required to use E-Verify beginning October 1, 2012. The full text of House Bill 36 (H.B. 36) “An Act To Require Counties, Cities, And Employers To Use The Federal E-Verify Program To Verify The Work Authorization Of Newly Hired Employees” is available at: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H36v7.pdf. Continue reading

Ohio Law Reforms Collateral Sanctions and Offers Protections for Employers Hiring Job Applicants with Criminal Records

The State of Ohio has passed new laws that will offer protections for employers hiring job applicants with criminal records.  The law, Senate Bill 337, which takes effect September 28, 2012, is an extensive reform of the collateral sanctions that impose employment restrictions and limitations on over 2 million Ohioans with misdemeanor and felony convictions. With SB 337, Ohio joins states such as Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina in offering protections for employers that hire and employ rehabilitated ex-offenders from tort liability for negligent hiring and retention claims. The text of Senate Bill 337 is available at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=129_SB_337. Continue reading

State E-Verify Laws for Employment Eligibility Verification of Workers Detailed in New Report

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has released a new report, ‘An Overview of E-Verify Policies at the State Level,’ that details the growing use of the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system by states to establish the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees in the United States. The July 2012 report is available on the CIS website at: http://cis.org/e-verify-at-the-state-level. Continue reading

Illinois Law Prevents Employers from Demanding Social Network Passwords from Employees and Job Candidates

A new law makes Illinois the second state to prevent employers from demanding social network passwords as Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation – House Bill 3782 (HB 3782) – that protects the right to privacy of current employees and job applicants by making it illegal for employers to request social network account information such as usernames or passwords to gain access to their accounts or profiles. The full text of the law, which takes effect January 1, 2013, is available here: Illinois House Bill 3782 (HB 3782). Continue reading

New Louisiana Law Requires Sex Offenders to List Status on Social Media Websites Starting August 1

New Louisiana legislation authored by State Representative Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City) and signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal – House Bill No. 249 – will expand sex offender registration requirements by requiring sex offenders and child predators to state their criminal status on social media websites such as Facebook starting on August 1, 2012. The full text of the new law is available at: http://legiscan.com/gaits/text/637699/Louisiana-2012-HB249-Engrossed.pdf. Continue reading

New Pennsylvania Law Requires E-Verify Use for State Public Works Contractors and Subcontractors

A bill recently signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett – Act No. 127 (formerly Senate Bill 637), The Public Works Employment Verification Act – requires all public works contractors and subcontractors with the state to enroll in and use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system to verify the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees in the United States.  The text of the new legislation, which will take effect January 1, 2013, is available here: The Public Works Employment Verification Act. Continue reading

California Background Check Laws Examined at Annual San Francisco HR Star Conference on July 18

To help Human Resources professionals stay in compliance with new laws regulating background checks in California, Jared Callahan, Director of Business Development for San Francisco-area background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) and a licensed Private Investigator, will present the session “How to Comply with California’s Two New Laws Regarding Background Checks” at the annual San Francisco HR Star Conference on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. For more information about the one day conference, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time at the South San Francisco Conference Center in South San Francisco, CA, visit: http://www.hrstarconference.com/sf/. Continue reading

New Indiana Law Restricts Criminal History Information Reported in Background Checks Starting July 1

Starting July 1, 2012, new legislation in Indiana – House Bill 1033 (HB 1033) – restricts criminal history reporting in background checks by prohibiting certain pre-employment inquiries, restricting the types of criminal history information that employers and background check report providers – also known as “Consumer Reporting Agencies” (CRAs) – can obtain from Indiana state court clerks, and restricting the types of criminal history information that CRAs can report to employers in background check reports. The full text of Indiana House Bill 1033 is available at: http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2012/HE/HE1033.1.html. Continue reading