Q: I heard New York amended the law on nondisclosure provisions in employee settlement agreements. What do I need to know?
A: New York has long imposed burdensome requirements on employers who want to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements resolving claims of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. New York recently amended those requirements, effective November 17. While the amendments lessen the burden on employers in one respect, they increase the burden in several other respects. Violation of the new requirements will result in the invalidation of the employee’s release. As such, it is critical for employers to understand and comply with these new requirements.Continue Reading A Mixed Bag for Employers: New York Revises Requirements for Confidentiality Provisions in Employee Separation Agreements