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Massachusetts: Bill on preventing a dystopian work environment introduced to Legislature

On February 16, 2023, House Bill H.1873 for an Act Preventing a Dystopian Work Environment was introduced to the House of Representatives, with Senate concurrence, and thereafter referred, on the same date, to the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. In particular, the bill:

  • places privacy restrictions on the personal data employers collect from their employees;
  • regulates an employer's use of electronic monitoring data;
  • requires employers to disclose the use of any 'automated decisions system' (ADS) to employees and Massachusetts' Department of Labor & Workforce Development;
  • restricts an employer's use of an ADS;
  • requires independent 'algorithmic impact assessments' and Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA); and
  • provides a private right of action for any violation.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.