Date of Proposal: February 20, 2018
Proposal Number: PRN 2018-020
Proposal Summary: The Division on Civil Rights proposes to readopt N.J. A.C. 13:4 concerning its rules of practice and procedure without amendment. DCR enforces both the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) and the New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA). As a method of enforcement, both statutes provide for the Division to accept and investigate complaints. In 2005, DCR repealed its rules and adopted new ones that clarified and more fully and accurately explained its practices and procedures.
The 2005 adoption also included certain new procedural rules needed to ensure that DCR’s rules were consistent with the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), and regulations promulgated under the FHA. Those regulations enabled DCR to achieve certification as a substantially equivalent agency by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and to enter into a work-sharing agreement with HUD to receive federal funding for case processing and other initiatives related to housing discrimination.
In 2011, the Division again reviewed its rules of practice and procedure, determining that some minor stylistic revisions were required to increase clarity, and that minor modifications of practice were needed to enable the agency to operate more efficiently and effectively. Since then there have been no changes.
Recently, the Division reviewed the current version of its rules and determined they can be readopted without amendment.
Summary of Proposal: A summary of the proposed readoption is posted on the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights Web site at: www.nj.gov/oag/dcr/proposed_rules.html
Public Comment: The public comment period for the proposed readoption ends on April 21, 2018. Please direct all comments to:
Estelle Bronstein, Deputy Executive Director
Department of Law and Public Safety
Division on Civil Rights
P.O. Box 089
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0089
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