Job Front: Social media privacy bills advance in Sacramento

04/30/2012 12:00 AM

04/30/2012 7:24 AM

Legislation that would bar employers from requesting job candidates' social media user names and passwords is growing closer to becoming state law.

The Social Media Privacy Act, sponsored by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, sailed through the Senate's Education, and Labor and Industrial Relations committees.

The bill's Assembly counterpart, authored by Silicon Valley Democrat Nora Campos, D-San Jose, passed unanimously through the Assembly Judiciary Committee last week.

Campos said California's privacy protections must keep pace with technology.

"Our social media accounts offer views into our personal lives and expose information that would be inappropriate to discuss during a job interview," Campos said in a statement after the Tuesday committee vote.

Though some employers say access to social media accounts is important to find the best candidate, opposition to the practice has gathered momentum.

Maryland lawmakers earlier this month were the first to pass legislation that banned employers from asking for social media passwords and log-ins.

Groups from the National Association of Colleges and Employers to consumer advocates such as Consumer Action and California Public Interest Research Group have all weighed in against employers' access to candidates' social media information.

Along with California, lawmakers in another eight states – Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, South Carolina and Washington – have filed or are reviewing bills barring employers' access to applicants' and employees' social media accounts, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Campos' bill moves to the Assembly Labor Committee on Wednesday. If the bill survives, it goes to the full Assembly. Yee's bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Résumé tips offered

Sacramento-area job seekers can learn how to craft successful résumés at a Thursday workshop in Rancho Cordova.

The free noon workshop at the Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., is sponsored by the Sacramento Public Library. Participants learn what to write in their résumés and how to phrase their work histories to attract potential employers.

For more information or to register, call the library at (916) 264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.org

Free job fair set for May 10

A free job fair May 10 in Sacramento will feature a number of public- and private-sector employers.

The event, sponsored by National Career Fairs, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Red Lion at Arden Village, 1401 Arden Way, in Sacramento.

Employers including the Social Security Administration, Farmers Insurance and the Sacramento Public Library are scheduled to take part.

A career expert will also be available to review résumés.

For more information, visit www.nationalcareerfairs.com.

Ask the job expert

Do you have career or job-hunting questions?

Ask Terri Carpenter, one of our "Ask the Experts" writers who can answer your questions online.

As a veteran career counselor at the Sacramento Employment Training Agency, she has plenty of expertise in résumé writing, job skills training and career counseling.

To post your question or see her advice, go to: www.sacbee.com/ask.

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