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Washington: Prohibitions on nondisclosure agreements covering sexual harassment or assault go into effect

June 7, 2018

On March 21, 2018, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 5996. This law prohibits employers from requiring employees to sign nondisclosure agreements that include discussions of sexual harassment or assault occurring at the workplace, at work events or in any other way between the employer and employee. Additionally, the new law prohibits employees from discussing sexual harassment or assault that occurred at the workplace, at work events or in any other way between the employer and employee. The new law does not prohibit settlement agreements relating to workplace sexual harassment or assault from having confidentiality provisions.
The new law becomes effective on June 7, 2018.

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