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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 43, PENSIONS AND RETIREMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION
Section: 43:21-6.7: Violations committed by authorized agent.
8. a. If the commissioner determines that an authorized agent has exhibited a pattern of repeated violations of the provisions of sections 3 through 9 of this act or other provisions of this chapter (R.S.43:21-1 et seq.), including any violations of the provisions of R.S.43:21-16 which apply to the agents of employing units, the commissioner shall, in addition to any other actions taken in the enforcement of this chapter, notify the authorized agent of this finding and that the commissioner will monitor the authorized agent to ascertain whether the violations continue after the notification.
b. If, at the conclusion of a monitoring period of not more than 12 months after the first determination, the commissioner determines that the agent has continued the pattern of repeated violations of the provisions, the commissioner:
(1) May, after affording the authorized agent notice and an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with the provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), suspend the registration of the authorized agent, for a period of time determined by the commissioner. In determining the length of a suspension, the commissioner shall distinguish between serious violations which potentially undermine the integrity of the benefit determination and appeals processes and lesser violations, and shall consider any of the following factors which are relevant: whether the violations represent a continuation of the violations identified in the previous determination, the gravity and duration of the violations, the amount of harm resulting from the violations, the experience of the authorized agent, the authorized agent's history of previous violations or complaints filed of a similar or different nature, the number of violations identified, and the existence of mitigating circumstances, whether the authorized agent made good faith efforts to comply with any applicable requirements, and any other factors the commissioner considers relevant.
(2) Shall continue to monitor the conduct of the authorized agent for a period of not more than 12 months after the determination made pursuant to this subsection b.
c. If, in the subsequent monitoring of the conduct of the authorized agent pursuant to subsection b. of this section, the commissioner determines that the authorized agent has continued the pattern of repeated violations, the commissioner, after affording the authorized agent notice and an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with the provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), shall revoke the registration of the authorized agent.
An authorized agent representing an employer shall be regarded as an agent of an employing unit for the purposes of R.S.43:21-16 and be subject to, in addition to the provisions of this section, all requirements and penalties imposed pursuant to that section for a agent of an employing unit.
Any individual, organization or business which, after notification of the registration requirements of sections 3 though 9 of this act, operates, or attempts to operate, as an authorized agent without the required registration, shall be liable to a fine of $1,000 for each violation, to be recovered in an action at law in the name of the division, and shall not be permitted by the division to represent any party in connection with any communication with, or proceeding of, the division.
L.2010, c.82, s.8.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:53.
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