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Illinois Passes Law Protecting Employees and Job Seekers


il state house2Earlier in the year I wrote about a bill Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was reviewing that would make it illegal for employers to ask potential employees for their social media passwords during interviews. I’m happy to report that Governor Quinn signed the bill into law earlier this month.   

The new law, the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act, protects both current employees and prospective new hires from being required to share their passwords to social networking sites (such as Facebook and Twitter) with employers in order to gain access to their private account. 

Illinois is now the second state to have such a law, along with Maryland, and other states including Washington, Delaware and New Jersey are considering similar bans as the law works to keep pace with technology today.

My opinion: Governor Quinn made the right call in taking on a big issue for employees and employers.

Asking current employees or prospective new hires for private information is no way to begin or maintain a healthy employer-employee relationship. It’s an issue of trust, and trust is critical to fostering an engaged, productive workplace.

I say congratulations to those taking on the difficult issue of online privacy, especially today when information is only a click away.

What do you think of Illinois passing The Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act?

--David Grossman




I thank these proposals. But an employer can ask for your password and you (lest not hire you), say it.
Posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2012 9:42 AM by juan
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Juan. It will be interesting to see how job seekers and employers adhere to the new legislation.
Posted @ Friday, August 17, 2012 1:28 PM by David Grossman
It's really a great thing for employees that they can now secure about their passwords.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:58 PM by Lawyer Carson City
This will surely help to maintain a healthy employer-employee relationship.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 13, 2013 1:15 AM by Laketahoe
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