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  • Christopher Hamner
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The Employment Counseling and Labor Section provides legal counseling and training for State Departments, colleges, commissions and agencies with regard to employment issues, focusing on areas of discrimination, CEPA (whistle blower law), First Amendment, Due Process, Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act. The Section assists agencies in proper enforcement of the State's Anti-Discrimination Policy, and responds to complaints in administrative forums that civil rights laws have been violated. The section also handles disciplinary hearings at the Civil Service Commission and labor and disciplinary arbitrations. In addition, the Section provides legal representation and counsel to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs as well as to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, which includes administrative enforcement of New Jersey labor laws. A substantial portion of the Section’s work involves handling appeals of Board of Review (unemployment) decisions.
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