The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 7, 2012
Bill extends social media protections to public-sector workers

121207 Facebook.JPGPublic-sector employers in California wouldn't be allowed to ask their employees or job applicants for access to personal social media accounts, such as Twitter and Facebook, under the provisions of a measure introduced this week.

Assembly Bill 25, authored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos should be a slam-dunk. The San Jose Democrat wrote a similar measure that sailed through the Legislature virtually unopposed during the last session. Gov. Jerry Brown signed it in September to take effect Jan. 1.

AB 25 tweaks that new law, which failed to specify that government employers may not request social media usernames or passwords from their employees or prospective hires. The amendment also bans disciplining, terminating or otherwise retaliating against anyone who refuses a request for their social media information.

Here's the bill language:

Assembly Bill 25

PHOTO CREDIT: Joerg Koch / Sacramento Bee - Associated Press file, 2011

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