RECENT LEGISLATION PASSED IN NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently signed two pieces of legislation that virtually every employer in the state must be aware of.
- First, on August 29th, a workplace social media privacy law was passed that restricts company access to prospective and current employee social media accounts. Specifically, employers are not allowed to require prospective and current employees to disclose online usernames and passwords. This new law goes into effect on December 1, 2013. View Bill [PDF]
- Governor Christie signed another law which amends the state’s Law Against Discrimination to make it unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee for requesting from current or former employees information about their job title and compensation, including pay rate and benefits. However, nothing in the new law requires an employee to disclose such requested information about himself or herself to any other employee or former employee, or to any authorized representative of the other employee or former employee. View Amendment
We suggest that you review your current policies and procedures (including your handbook) to ensure that you are in compliance with the changes to state regulations. Please contact us with any questions.
Director of HR Services
*This MEA Member Alert is provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.