SECTION 1. Chapter 149 of the General Laws as appearing in the 2002 Official Edition, is amended by inserting at the end of Section 52C. the following new section: --
SECTION 52D. (A) Unless otherwise provided by law, an employer, or an employer’s designee, who discloses information about a current or former employee to a prospective employer of the employee shall be absolutely immune from civil liability if the disclosed information includes any or all of the following: (1) date of employment; (2) pay level; (3) job description and duties; and (4) wage history. An employer who responds in writing to a written request concerning a former employee from a prospective employer of that employee shall be absolutely immune from civil liability if the disclosed information includes either or both of the following: (1) written employee evaluations which were conducted prior to the employee’s separation from the employer; and (2) whether the employee was voluntarily or involuntarily released from service and the reasons for the separation.
(B) This section shall apply to causes of action accruing on and after the effective date of this act.
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