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Massachusetts Law About Employee Privacy

Massachusetts Laws

MGL c.149, s.52C Personnel records: inspection by employee.

Massachusetts Regulations

940 CMR 27: Safeguard of Personal Information

Other Web Sources

Employer Access to Social Media Usernames and Passwords, National Conference of State Legislatures, 2013. A compilation of states that have introduced or passed legislation that would restrict employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide usernames and passwords to personal social networking accounts.

Monitoring Employee Communications, "Learn the rules on monitoring email, voicemail, telephone conversations, and Internet use."

New Massachusetts Laws Affect Employment Applications and Personnel Files, Greenberg Traurig. Summary of St.2010, c.240, s.148, effective 8/1/10. "The new laws regulate criminal record inquiries on job applications, and create new notification requirements related to employee personnel files."

Safeguarding Trade Secrets in the Information Age, Sheryl J. Willert. Discusses employee privacy rights and suggests policies for companies to develop to monitor employees to protect trade secrets. Includes e-mail monitoring, polygraphs and more.

Smart Policies for Workplace Technologies: Email, Blogs, Cell Phones and More, Nolo, 2013. Drafting effective technology policies -- Computers and software -- Email -- Internet use -- Instant messaging -- Blogs and beyond : personal posting on the internet -- Cell phones -- Portable computing devices : pdas, laptops, and beyond -- Cameras and camera phones. Requires Library Card for access.

Workplace Privacy and Employee Monitoring, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Outlines the laws and privacy expectations in telephone calls, computer files and e-mail.

Workplace privacy counsel, Littler Privacy and Data Protection Group. Outstanding blog with great coverage of most current issues, such as access to social networking sites.

Your Rights in the Workplace, Nolo, 2010. Requires Library Card for access.

Print Sources

Drug Testing Law, Technology and Practice, West, 1990 with supplement.

Drug Testing Legal Manual and Practice Aids, 2d ed. West, 1999 with supplement.

Emerging Issues in the Changing Workplace, MCLE, 2009.

Massachusetts Practice v.45 (Employment Law), ThomsonWest, 2003 with supplement. Chapter 7: Privacy in the Workplace.

Massachusetts Practice v. 57 (Construction Law),  ThomsonWest, Yearly editions.  Sections 10:92 through 10:98 - Privacy in the workplace.

Privacy Issues for the Business Lawyer, MCLE, 2007.