New Social Media Restrictions on Employers Effective July 1, 2015

As anticipated, Governor McAuliffe has signed House Bill 2081. As described in our previous article, as of July 1, 2015, the right of employers in Virginia to access personal social media accounts of employees and job applicants will be restricted. Virginia now joins 18 other states with workplace social media login and password privacy laws.

It will be important for employers to understand the limits this new law will impose, and to be sure steps are taken prior to July 1 to change policies and practices that may not be consistent with the new law.

Should you have questions regarding this new law, please contact David Paxton at (540.983.9334), or any member of the Employment Law team at Gentry Locke.

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