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Notice of Rulemaking

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (“Department”) hereby gives notice that the Department will conduct a public hearing in the auditorium of the State Personnel Office located at 2600 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 18, 2017 from 8:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. The purpose of the public hearing will be to obtain input and public comment on the repeal and replacement of 9.1.1 NMAC – Human Rights General Provisions – Administrative Procedures for the Human Rights Division/Commission.

Under NMSA 1978 §§28-1-1 to 28-1-14 and 28-23-1 through 28-23-6, the Department is the agency responsible for the Human Rights Bureau.  Accordingly, under 9.1.1 NMAC, NMDWS is amending the procedures for filing a Human Rights complaint and the subsequent steps necessary by all parties to reach resolution. The purpose of repealing the former rule and proposing the current changes is to streamline the complaint process, give clearer explanations of the investigative and appeal procedures and clearly define expectations throughout the complaint process.  Additionally, the proposed changes in 9.1.1 NMAC includes incorporation of the New Mexico Fair Pay for Women Act.

Interested individuals may testify at the public hearing or submit written comments to State of New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, 401 Broadway NE, P.O. Box 1928, Albuquerque, N.M., 87103, attention Robert Dale Morrison.   Written comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on October 17, 2017.  However, the submission of written comments as soon as possible is encouraged.   

Copies of the amended rules may be accessed at http://www.dws.state.nm.us/ or obtained from Robert Dale Morrison at (505) 841-8672 or at RobertD.Morrison@state.nm.us.  The proposed rules will be made available at least thirty days prior to the hearings.

Individuals with disabilities who require this information in an alternative format or need any form of auxiliary aid to attend or participate in this meeting are asked to contact Mr. Morrison as soon as possible.  The Department requests at least ten (10) days advance notice to provide requested special accommodations.

For additional information please visit https://www.dws.state.nm.us/Human-Rights-Information and look under "Rules, Regulations, & Statutes." 

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