New Mexico Limits Employer Access to Job Applicants’ Social Media Accounts

New Mexico recently became the latest state to prohibit employer access to social media accounts when S.B. 371 was signed into law. The law prohibits employers from requesting a password or otherwise demanding access to a job applicant’s social media account. Interestingly, the bill does not prohibit employers from asking for passwords from current employees. Under the law, employers are allowed to obtain information about a prospective employee that is available in the public domain. The law takes effect June 14, 2013.

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