“Bosses force woman to show Facebook page to prove she's not lying,” reads this headline on the venerable technology website, CNET. According to the article, the New Zealand Employment Relations Authority has required a fired flight attendant to provide her ex-employer with access to her Facebook page to prove, or disprove, the fact that her use of sick leave was legitimate. What follows are three incorrect statements in an attempt to deconstruct this issue:
Employers are not requiring employees to turn over access to their personal social media pages. Court sometimes require litigants to turn over social media information when it might be helpful to prove or disprove a claim. End of story.
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