New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is the polar opposite of former republican Governor Chris Christie and is signing into law many of the bills that Christie strongly opposed and/or vetoed during his two terms in the corner office. The latest example is new legislation restricting the use of nondisclosure agreements in employment contracts and settlement agreements. Under the bill Murphy signed a little over a week ago, NDAs may are banned in cases involving discrimination, retaliation or harassment, including sexual harassment. NDAs are often used in settlements where the aggrieved party agrees not to pursue litigation or discuss the terms of a settlement in exchange for financial payments. And the New Jersey Senate teed up another issue for the governor when it gave approval to a bill that dramatically tightens the existing wage theft law in the Garden State. S.1790, sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg, strengthens criminal sanction against employers convicted of wage theft and also extends the statute of limitation on filing wage complaints from the current 2 years to 6 years! The bill is now being considered by the Assembly, where a companion bill (A.2903) was also filed.