2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 34 - LABOR AND WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION
Section 34:5A-44 - Petition for enforcement action
34:5A-44. Petition for enforcement action
12. Any person who believes that a violation of this act has occurred may petition the Commissioner of Health or the Commissioner of Labor to bring an enforcement action pursuant to this section. Any citizen complaint filed pursuant to this section shall specify the provision alleged to have been violated, the facts which constitute the alleged violation and the name and address of the citizen lodging the complaint. Upon receipt of a citizen's complaint pursuant to this section, the commissioner who is responsible for enforcement action regarding the violation shall:
a. Give notice of the complaint within 10 calendar days to the person alleged to be in violation;
b. Give notice to the citizen who filed the complaint of the scheduling of an enforcement investigation inspection to investigate the complaint within 30 calendar days of its having been filed;
c. Afford the complaining citizen or his or her representative an opportunity to be present during the enforcement investigation inspection. Public employees who bring complaints shall have the right to accompany the commissioner on an enforcement investigation inspection and shall receive payment of normal wages for time spent during normal working hours on the inspection;
d. Afford the complaining citizen access to all public records regarding the commissioner's investigation; and
e. Render a final decision within 90 calendar days of receipt of a citizen complaint on the appropriate disposition, after investigation, of the citizen's complaint. The decision shall either reference the initiation of an enforcement action or state the factual and legal basis of the decision not to bring an enforcement action.
Public employees bringing a complaint pursuant to this section shall have all protections and rights set forth in section 21 of P.L.1983, c.516 (C.34:6A-45).
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