2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 34:13A-43 - Confidentiality; waivers.

NJ Rev Stat § 34:13A-43 (2013) What's This?

34:13A-43 Confidentiality; waivers.

4. a. Except as provided in subsection b. of this section, each request by an employee or dependent for assistance from, referral to, participation in, or referral by, an employee assistance program shall be confidential, and no public employer, service provider or other person shall divulge to any person that an employee or dependent has requested assistance from, been referred to, or participated in, an employee assistance program or any treatment program to which the employee assistance program refers the employee or dependent. The requirement of confidentiality shall apply to all information related to an employee assistance program, including but not limited to any statements, materials, documents, evaluations, impressions, conclusions, findings, or acts taken in the course of, or in connection with, the program. If, however, a public employer documents to the employee assistance program that the employee has accepted a referral by a public employer for assistance during normal working hours with sick leave or other paid leave, the public employer shall be entitled to know whether the employee has kept his appointment and the amount of time of the appointment.

b.The requirements for confidentiality provided for in subsection a. of this section may be waived only if:

(1)the employee or dependent to whom the information applies has requested and authorized a waiver; the waiver is in writing and specifies the information to be released and the persons to whom the information may be provided; and the information released is the information authorized for release by the employee or dependent and is released only to the persons designated by the employee or dependent, provided that a public employer may not require an employee to authorize a waiver pursuant to this subsection or take any action against an employee for not authorizing the waiver;

(2)the employee assistance program advisor reasonably believes that the employee is at substantial risk of imminent death or serious bodily injury to self or others; or

(3) the advisor is reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.

c.The provisions of this act shall not be construed to affect other evidentiary privileges and recognized exceptions.

L.2011, c.69, s.4.

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