David Garland Quoted in “Labor and Employment Legislation, Regs to Watch in 2018”


David W. Garland, a Member of the Firm and Chair of the firm’s National Labor and Employment Steering Committee, in the firm’s New York and Newark offices, was quoted in Law360, in “Labor and Employment Legislation, Regs to Watch in 2018,” by Braden Campbell. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

The Harvey Weinstein scandal has sparked a dialogue about confidentiality agreements in settlements ending harassment suits, with critics arguing these deals keep allegations under wraps and harassers in a position to continue preying on workers. It's unlikely the Trump administration or Republicans in Congress will mount much of a push to rein in these agreements, but advocates are taking steps to do so at the state level.

Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced a bill that would bar nondisclosure agreements in deals settling sexual misconduct claims in November, and a New Jersey state senator took that one step further in December, introducing a proposal to ban confidentiality agreements connected to any workplace discrimination, retaliation or harassment claim.

"This would be totally new territory," said Epstein Becker Green board member David Garland. "It could have a wide-reaching impact on the ability to get a settlement done in New Jersey."