A new Washington statute changes Washington Social Media Law and the way your business manages and monitors employees' online and social media presence.
The Washington social media law landscape changed recently with the passage of a new bill aimed at protecting employees from social media overreach. The new Washington “Social Media Statute” (RCW 49.44.200) presents a few challenges for businesses and entrepreneurs, especially those that may want to gain access to an employee’s personal or a “contested” social media account. The statute adds new regulations that make it significantly more difficult to monitor an employee or applicant’s personal social media activity. Employers should understand their obligations under this new statute, and what it means for their social media policies.
The statute makes it unlawful for an employer to “request, require, or otherwise coerce an employee or applicant to disclose login information for the…