The so-called “Facebook bill” (A2878) was hailed as a way to safeguard employees’ online privacy. But tucked away in sections 4 and 5, language would have permitted employees and prospective employees to sue businesses who inquired about their Facebook usage.
The legislation would still prohibit employers from requesting employees’ usernames and passwords for social media sites and impose a fine for repeat offenders. It creates an appropriate level of enforcement without compromising employers’ ability to hire and retain qualified candidates.
Read the Governor’s conditional veto here: Download A2878 CV