No. In 2013, New Jersey enacted a social media privacy bill to protect employees’ personal social media accounts. P.L. 2013. C. 155. The law prohibits employers from asking current or prospective employees for usernames, passwords, or access to a personal account. www.njleg.state.nj.us. An employer cannot ask you to waive this right.
There are exceptions. An employer may be legally required to access an employee’s personal account to investigate work-related misconduct happening on that account if they have specific information of wrongdoing. An employer can view an applicant’s or employee’s social media posts if they are in the public domain. Finally, an employer can request access to e-mails and social media accounts that an employer provided.