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Maryland Is First State to Ban Employers From Seeking Facebook Passwords

Posted by Edward Sharkey on Thu, 05/03/2012 - 20:03

Effective October 1, 2012, a new law will make it illegal for Maryland businesses to require employees or applicants to turn over passwords to their social media accounts.

There are good reasons for the law. There also are good reasons for exceptions. One exception in the statute is for companies that believe a personal account was used for business purposes and need to ensure compliance with securities or financial laws.

The FMLA Now Protects Employees Who Are Not Eligible

Posted by Edward Sharkey on Mon, 03/19/2012 - 18:31

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, an eligible employee can take 12 weeks of leave, all at once or in increments, for a variety of medical purposes. These purposes include caring for a relative who has a condition that prevents him from participating in "other daily activities."

Maryland High Court Skips Opportunity to Give Businesses Guidance on Addressing Claims of the Disabled

Posted by Edward Sharkey on Mon, 02/20/2012 - 23:08

The Maryland Court of Appeals recently decided a case in which a woman with a latex allergy sued her son's school for discrimination for declining to remove all latex products from the school. The school attempted to accommodate her by not using latex around her son and allowing her to pick up her son at the front desk so that she did not have to enter the building.

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