An Act To Strengthen the Right of a Victim of Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence To Take Necessary Leave from Employment and To Promote Employee Social Media Privacy
Sec. A-1. 26 MRSA §850, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 1999, c. 435, §1, is amended to read:
(1) Liquidated damages pursuant to paragraph A; or
(2) Reemployment with the employer with back wages.
Sec. B-1. 26 MRSA c. 7, sub-c. 1-C is enacted to read:
EMPLOYEE SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY
§ 615. Definitions
As used in this subchapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 616. Prohibitions
An employer may not:
§ 617. Exceptions
§ 618. Workplace policies
This subchapter does not limit an employer's right to promulgate and maintain lawful workplace policies governing the use of the employer's electronic equipment, including a requirement that an employee disclose to the employer the employee's user name, password or other information necessary to access employer-issued electronic devices, including but not limited to cellular telephones and computers, or to access employer-provided software or e-mail accounts.
§ 619. Penalties for violation
An employer who violates this subchapter is subject to a fine imposed by the Department of Labor of not less than $100 for the first violation, not less than $250 for the 2nd violation and not less than $500 for each subsequent violation.
Sec. C-1. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
LABOR, DEPARTMENT OF
Regulation and Enforcement 0159
Initiative: Provides funds for a 1/2-time Labor and Safety Inspector position and related All Other costs for the additional enforcement requirements associated with the disclosure of personal social media account information and with employee rights regarding a leave of absence when the employee is a victim of violence.
POSITIONS - LEGISLATIVE COUNT
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$46,467||$54,972|