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Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO)

The Department of Human Services has a “zero tolerance” policy with regard to discrimination in the workplace.  This policy addresses workplace discrimination, harassment and hostile work environment based upon a protected category, and applies to conduct in the workplace and conduct that occurs at any location which can be reasonably regarded as an extension of the workplace (any field location, any off-site business-related social function, or any facility where State business is being conducted and discussed).

Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of DHS to provide reasonable accommodation based on the provisions of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the Americans with Disabilities Act and the interpretive regulations.  DHS has established procedures, in accordance with State and federal statute and the interpretive regulations, for receiving and timely responding to requests for reasonable accommodation by an employee or applicant with a disability.

Administrative Orders

An administrative order shall be generated when the issuance of standard policies, responsibilities and/or procedures relating to a particular subject is of such impact or scope as to warrant promulgation directly by the Office of the Commissioner.  As a general rule, administrative orders focus primarily on policies and responsibilities.

Executive Orders

Executive orders as issued by the Governor of the State of New Jersey  have the full the force of law. Executive orders are usually based on existing constitutional or statutory powers of the Governor and do not require any action by the state legislature to take effect.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The Department of Human Services (DHS) considers all information regarding individuals receiving services and those persons whose information DHS maintains, which is contained in any format (verbal, paper and electronic), to be confidential.  Confidentiality is an essential element in the relationship between the individual receiving services from DHS and those persons whose information DHS maintains and DHS staff providing services to such individuals.

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