Kaul scraps Department of Justice non-disclosure agreements

MADISON, Wis. - Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul has decided not to require state Department of Justice employees to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Former Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel began requiring DOJ employees to sign confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements in 2017.

Kaul announced in a news release Tuesday that his administration stopped requiring new employees to sign such agreements earlier this year. He sent an email to all staffers on Monday advising that all DOJ employees are no longer required to sign the agreements.

He said in the email that ethics and workplace rules require DOJ employees to safeguard confidential information. He also said DOJ workers should use "professional judgment."

The release did not say whether agreements that have already been signed remain in effect. His spokeswoman, Gillian Drummond, didn't immediately return an email.


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