Washington Governor Jay Inslee recently signed into law SB 5211, which prohibits employers from: (1) requesting the personal social media log-in information of employees or applicants; (2) requiring that employees or applicants access their accounts in the employer’s presence; (3) requiring that employees or applicants add an individual to their contact list; and (4) requiring that employees or applicants change their privacy settings. The law has a carve-out for companies requesting social media information during a workplace investigation to ensure legal compliance, including compliance with self-regulatory organizations, or to protect confidential information.

TIP: As we have previously posted, some states are regulating employer access to employees’ personal social media accounts. Employers should be aware of these laws when drafting social media policies and best practices.