NEW Solutions practices and promotes an appropriate and safe work environment for Enrollees. Enrollees will not be subjected to harassment, poor sanitation, dangerous conditions, lack of proper workplace training, and/or unresolved personal conflicts that interfere with productivity.
Enrollees experiencing difficulties should follow this procedure:
NEW Solutions is operated and administered in full recognition of, and in compliance with, the intent of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.
Sexual and other forms of workplace harassment based upon race, age, sex, national origin, disability, or religion will not be tolerated by NEW Solutions or its Programs. All complaints will be investigated promptly, fairly, and thoroughly. Programs are responsible for investigating claims made by Enrollees as well as claims made against Enrollees. Harassment is a form of discrimination and is an unlawful workplace practice as interpreted by the courts under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
Sexual harassment involves unwelcome behavior with sexual overtones. It may include verbal behavior such as offensive comments, suggestions, jokes, sex-oriented labels, and pressure for sexual favors. Sexual harassment may also include physical behavior such as touching, feeling, patting, and deliberately brushing against others in a sexual manner. Verbal or physical conduct constitutes harassment when any or all of the following occur:
To file a complaint of harassment:
NOTE: IN MANY INSTANCES ONE OF THE ABOVE COURSES MAY BE SUFFICIENT TO END THE MATTER WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A FORMAL COMPLAINT. HOWEVER, THIS WILL NOT PRECLUDE A DECISION TO CONDUCT A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION IN SITUATIONS WHERE MANAGEMENT OR THE HARASSED ENROLLEE BELIEVES THIS STEP IS NECESSARY.
NEW Solutions Program Enrollees are paid from federal funds and may participate freely in the political process with the following exceptions:
Questions may be directed to your NEW Solutions Field Office.
Telecommuting is an arrangement where an enrollee is assigned to work at an agency office but is given permission to work some of the time outside the agency office, typically at a home office. Telecommuting arrangements typically are put into place after an enrollee who has worked in their office location for a period of time, makes a request or receives a request to work some time out of a home office.
Teleworking is an arrangement where an enrollee is not assigned to work at an agency office but instead works outside the agency office, typically at a home office. Teleworking arrangements occur either at the outset of an enrollee’s enrollment usually as described in the Position Description.
NEW Solutions telecommuting or telework forms must be completed, if applicable.
Enrollees must follow agency and NEW Solutions guidelines for telecommuting and teleworking. Specific policies and flexibilities that apply to federal employees do not necessarily apply to enrollees (who are not federal employees).
The agency determines what equipment can be taken by the enrollees for use outside of the agency’s office. Equipment requests during telecommuting are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.