In addition to the flurry of activity by the NLRB relating to protecting employees who use social media to criticize the workplace, California has amended the Labor Code and empowered the Labor Commissioner’s office to keep employers from investigating employee conduct on social media.  AB 1844 will prohibit employers from requiring or requesting employees or applicants to disclose user names or password information for any personal social media, or disclose any social media sites where the employee or applicant might have an account.  "Social media" is broadly defined to include any "electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet Website profiles or locations." The new law has a limited exception that will allow employers to ask employees to divulge personal social media information if it relates to an investigation into alleged employee misconduct or violations of law.  Expect a new wave of public policy claims and Labor Commissioner charges in this area.