Updating an earlier post, California A.B. 1844 is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown. If signed into law, the bill would update California’s Labor Code to significantly limit when employers could ask employees and job applicants for social media passwords and account information. However, the law would still permit employers to request an employee to divulge personal social media reasonably believed to be relevant to an investigation of allegations of employee misconduct or employee violation of applicable laws and regulations. This exception would apply so long as the social media is used solely for purposes of that investigation or a related proceeding.
If A.B. 1844 becomes law, it would join Maryland and Illinois which have enacted similar laws.