Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-140

OTH 140

Prohibiting Taxpayer-Funded Nondisclosure Agreements

Ms. DiZoglio, Messrs. O'Connor and Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section 63 the following section:-

SECTION XX. Chapter 6 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

Section XX. (a) As used in this section, the term “governmental entity” shall mean the executive branch, the legislature, the judiciary, and any agency, office, department, board, commission, bureau, division, instrumentality or other entity of the commonwealth.

(b) No governmental entity shall include or permit the inclusion of a nondisclosure, non-disparagement or other similar clause as a condition of employment or in a settlement agreement between the governmental entity and an employee or a student; provided, however, that such a settlement may include, at the request of the employee or student, a provision that prevents the governmental entity from disclosing the individual’s identity and all facts that could lead to the discovery of the individual’s identity.