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Chris Maugans Discusses New York State’s New Social Media Law with Law360


Chris Maugans Discusses New York State’s New Social Media Law with Law360

March 22, 2024
Christopher P. Maugans

Christopher P. Maugans, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Employment and Labor group, spoke with Law360 regarding New York State’s newly implemented social media law that went into effect in March. He delved into what employers need to understand concerning their employees’ social media accounts and when they can look into those accounts.

Under the new law, employers are no longer permitted to demand access to their employees’ private social media accounts. Chris said the law is simply saying, “You can’t get at something that someone’s trying to make private.” However, if the accounts are public, employers may still have the ability to review them.

“So anytime an employer is going to investigate something, the question is, are they doing it uniformly and are they doing it consistently?” Chris suggested as he outlined what employers should consider when monitoring their employees’ social media presence.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: What To Know As New York State’s Social Media Law Kicks In,” Law360, March 14, 2024


Christopher P. Maugans concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and matters involving employment and labor law. With a focus on serving both public- and private-sector clients, Chris handles matters involving discrimination claims, improper-practice charges, employee grievance arbitrations, General Municipal Law 207-c proceedings, and New York Education Law 3020-a hearings, as well as proceedings under Article 75 and Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR). Chris helps clients prepare for and navigate trials, mediations, arbitrations, and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR). He regularly counsels clients and litigates the enforceability of restrictive covenants in employment agreements, including non-competition and non-solicitation provisions.