HUD Accuses Facebook of Housing Discrimination in Advertising

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has accused Facebook of housing discrimination by allowing advertisers to block their offerings from different categories of users. The HUD complaint is based on the Fair Housing Act, which it claims Facebook violated by allowing housing advertisers to use the site’s filters to exclude people with different […]

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At Least 31 States Eyeing Password, Social Media Protection Acts

While Hawaii is poised to become the next state to outlaw employer requests for passwords and social media access from employees and job applicants, another 30 states have at least introduced similar legislation. When Hawaii enacts its legislation, it will join six other states that have already passed password protection laws — California, Illinois, Michigan, […]

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California Becomes Fourth State to Ban Employer Password/Login Demands

California this week joined Delaware, Illinois and Maryland in banning employers' demands for social media information from employees and job applicants. The law prohibits employers from seeking employee login information and passwords to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, a practice that swept into the public consciousness this year and provoked outrage. A […]

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DOL Partners With Facebook to Help Job Seekers

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis unveiled an innovative partnership via a live Web stream on Thursday (Oct. 20, 2011) that brings together the U.S. Labor Department, Facebook, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, the DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. In addition, Facebook debuted a new Social Jobs Partnership page that […]

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NLRB Again Moves to Protect Fired Workers for Their Online Comments

In a batch of recent decisions, the National Labor Relations Board has been moving aggressively to safeguard both "protected concerted activity" among co-workers and online commentary by employees on social media sites. Yesterday (May 18, 2011), the NLRB joined the two initiatives in a complaint filed against Hispanics United of Buffalo after the nonprofit "unlawfully […]

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NLRB Settlement Seems to Protect Employee Comments Online

The courts have yet to weigh in, but a recent settlement between the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and a Connecticut ambulance company may mean more freedom of speech—or at least retaliatory protection—for employees who post comments about their companies online. The incident has several angles to it, only one of which relates to the […]

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GINA Regs May Bar Employers from Accessing Social Media

Though the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) has already taken effect, the law’s regulations are still in a state of flux at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and have yet to be finalized. One of the contentious issues that is being weighed internally and through public commentary is the right, or lack thereof, of employers […]

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