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Washington Employers: Take Caution Before Asking Your Employees To Sign Confidentiality and Nondisparagement Agreements

For years, employers have insisted that confidentiality and nondisparagement agreements be included in settlement agreements in a variety of employment disputes, such as discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and others. The reasoning is straightforward enough: Companies want to protect their reputations, and confidentiality/nondisparagement provisions in settlement agreements have been a way to ensure that unhappy … Continue Reading

Washington State’s New Noncompetition Laws

Washington state employers that rely on noncompetition agreements will face a dramatically different legal landscape beginning Jan. 1, 2020, when a new noncompetition law takes effect. ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 1450 Key Elements of the New Law Under the new law, noncompetition agreements will be void and unenforceable against an employee under the following conditions: … Continue Reading