SB 1691 by *Bell

(HB 1838) by *Durham

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Employees, Employers - As introduced, establishes certain civil remedies for an employer against any employee who exceeds the employee's authority to enter nonpublic areas of the employer's premises. - Amends TCA Title 50.
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  • Actions For SB1691Date
    Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Commerce & Labor Committee03/01/2016
    Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee01/21/2016
    Introduced, Passed on First Consideration01/20/2016
    Filed for introduction01/14/2016
    Actions For HB1838Date
    Assigned to s/c Consumer and Human Resources Subcommittee01/26/2016
    P2C, ref. to Consumer and Human Resources Committee01/21/2016
    Intro., P1C.01/20/2016
    Filed for intro.01/19/2016
  • No amendments for SB1691.
    No amendments for HB1838.

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    Bill Summary

    Under this bill, any person who intentionally accesses a nonpublic area of another's premises and engages in an act that exceeds that person's authority to enter those areas will be liable to the owner or operator of the premises for any damages sustained that were caused by the person's access. A "nonpublic area" means an area not accessible to or not intended to be accessed by the general public.

    Under this bill, an act that exceeds a person's authority to enter the nonpublic areas of another's premises occurs when:

    (1) An employee intentionally enters the nonpublic area of an employer's premises for a reason other than a bona fide intent of seeking or holding employment or doing business with the employer, and thereafter, without authorization, captures or removes the employer's data, paper, records, or any other documents, or records images or sound occurring within an employer's premises; or
    (2) An employee knowingly places on the employer's premises an unattended camera or electronic surveillance device and uses that camera or device to record images or data.

    Any person who intentionally directs, assists, compensates, or induces another person to commit one of the acts described above in (1)-(2), will be held jointly liable under this bill.

    A court may award to an owner or operator of premises who prevails in an action under this bill, one or more remedies including equitable relief, compensatory damages, costs and fees, including reasonable attorneys' fees, or punitive damages in the amount of $5,000 for each day, or portion thereof, that a defendant has committed an act described in (1)-(2).

    This bill will not apply to any governmental agency or law enforcement officer engaged in a lawful investigation of premises or the owner or operator of premises. This bill also states that it will not interfere with any whistleblower protections under present law.

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    Votes for Bill HB1838 by the House are not available.

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    Votes for Bill SB1691 by the Senate are not available.