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NH Senate postpones action on social media bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- People interested in whether New Hampshire will join about a dozen other states in prohibiting bosses from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose a user name or password to personal social media or email accounts will have to wait another week.

The Senate put off a vote planned on the bill Thursday. The bill would not prohibit an employer from obtaining information about an employee or job applicant that is in the public domain, or prevent the employer from investigating whether the employee is complying with securities or financial laws based on the person's personal website used for business purposes.

The ban would only apply to the worker's personal accounts unrelated to the employer's business, and would not prevent employers from enforcing workplace policies about company equipment.