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Kaul scraps Department of Justice nondisclosure agreements

Posted at 11:08 AM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-12 12:08:42-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul has decided not to require state Department of Justice employees to sign nondisclosure agreements.

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

Kaul announced in a news release Tuesday that he stopped requiring new employees to sign such agreements earlier this year. Kaul spokeswoman Gillian Drummond said in an email that Kaul ended the requirement when he took office.

The attorney general sent an email to all staffers Monday advising that they're no longer required to sign the agreements. He said that ethics and workplace rules require DOJ employees to safeguard confidential information. He also said DOJ workers should use "professional judgment."

Drummond says any signed nondisclosure agreements are no longer in effect.