Legislation to restrict employers’ access to applicants’ and employees’ personal online content continues its rapid expansion in 2014.Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed his own state’s password protection law. This new law goes into effect on January 1, 2015. The Tennessee law, known as the Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014, has many of the same prohibitions and exceptions found in similar state laws. There are, however, some key differences that render the law broader in certain aspects, while narrower in others. Employers with operations in Tennessee should understand the new law’s basic requirements as well as its differences from similar laws.

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