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  • NJ A4124
  • Requires public employers to implement certain policies for handling and responding to reports of domestic violence.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the Civil Service Commission to develop a uniform domestic violence policy, which all public employers shall adopt and distribute to their employees, regardless of whether a public employer is subject to the provisions of Title 11A, Civil Service, of the New Jersey Statutes. Under this bill, the uniform domestic violence policy must include: (1) a declaration encouraging employees who are victims of domestic violence to contact their human resources officer and seek assistance; (2) a confidential method for employees to report domestic violence incidents to human resources officers; (3) a confidentiality policy to which human resources officers receiving reports of domestic violence must adhere, unless a domestic violence incident poses an emergent danger to employees and the involvement of law enforcement is necessary; (4) a listing of available State and local resources, support services, treatment options, advocacy and legal services, medical and counseling services, and law enforcement assistance services for domestic violence victims; (5) a requirement that an employee's records pertaining to a domestic violence incident or domestic violence counseling be kept separate from the employee's other personnel records; (6) an explanation of the requirements of the "New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act"; and (7) a requirement for the public employer to develop a plan to identify, respond to, and correct employee performance issues that may be caused by a domestic violence incident. A public employer may modify the uniform domestic violence policy, but the modified policy may not conflict with the specific requirements set forth in this bill. The bill requires the commission to ensure consultation about the policy with human resources officers, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, social workers, and other persons trained in counseling, crisis intervention, or in the treatment of domestic violence victims. The bill requires the commission to review the uniform domestic policy periodically and modify the policy from time to time, as need may require.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Women and Children
Approved P.L.2017, c.272.  (on 1/8/2018)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/8/2018 S Approved P.L.2017, c.272.
12/7/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (39-0)
12/7/2017 S SUBSTITUTED FOR S2907
6/15/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/15/2017 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (19:00 6/15/2017 *Revised- 6/12/17-S-1022 has been removed, S-1021 has been added)
6/15/2017 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (19:00 6/15/2017 S-3304-(Sweeney) (pending intro and referral)- Requires AG to co)
5/25/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
5/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (76-0-0)
10/13/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
10/13/2016 Assembly Women and Children Hearing (10:00 10/13/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
9/19/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/7/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2907 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 12/7/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 38 0 1
Detail 6/15/2017 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0
Detail 5/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 76 0 4
Detail 10/13/2016 Assembly Women and Children Committee: Reported Favorably 6 0 0