Q:May you require employees to reveal their social media user names and passwords?
In the spirit of keeping your finger on the pulse of your organization, you require that all employees provide user names and passwords for all their personal social media accounts. Should you do this?
California law prohibits employers from requiring that employees or applicants provide user names or passwords for their personal social media accounts. There are some limited exceptions, including exceptions for investigating potential employee misconduct. By the way, in general, it is considered poor practice to have managers and employees “friend” each other or establish social media relationships.
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