Social media protections for workers advance in Nebraska

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)

Nebraska lawmakers have advanced new safeguards to keep employers from demanding access to their workers’ social media accounts.

Senators gave the bill first-round approval on Wednesday with a 40-1 vote.

The measure by Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill would prohibit employers from requiring or requesting an employee’s user names or passwords to personal Internet accounts. They also could not coerce employees to change their personal Internet account settings or retaliate against workers who refuse to disclose their personal information.

Lawmakers rejected an amendment by Sen. Ernie Chambers that would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Chambers called the proposal a “do-nothing” bill, saying it doesn’t address a real problem, but senators eventually reached a compromise.

The bill is LB821