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"Are You Monitoring Your Employees' Social Media Presence?"



8/4/15: Social media – whether you like it or hate it – isn’t the wave of the future; it’s the reality of today, both inside and outside the working world. But, how much is an employer allowed by law to monitor the activities of employees, even during their off time, through their social media accounts? The answer is that it...depends, which makes compliance even more difficult than usual. An article by Joanne Deschenaux on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website makes a good dent in that challenge by listing the US states that have passed legislation regulating an employer’s access to employees’ social media accounts.  The number of US states with such legislation is likely to grow, and quickly, but Deschenaux’ article is a good start at the current status of what an employer can, and can’t, without violating the law in this changing landscape.

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