(a) The commissioner ex parte may issue an emergency cease and desist order upon application by division staff if:
(1) the commissioner believes a person regulated by the division under Labor Code, Title 5 is engaging in conduct violating a law, rule or order; and
(2) the commissioner believes that the alleged conduct under paragraph (1) of this subsection will result in harm to the health, safety, or welfare of another person.
(b) The order must contain the following information:
(1) the name and last known address of the person against whom the order is entered;
(2) the alleged conduct that the commissioner believes the person regulated by the division under Labor Code, Title 5 is engaging in that is a violation of a law, rule, or order and that the commissioner believes will result in harm to the health, safety, or welfare of another person;
(3) a statement that the person is to immediately cease and desist from the acts, methods, or practices stated in the order;
(4) the rights of the person against whom the order is entered with regard to requesting a hearing to contest the order. (This statement must include a reference to the specific statute, rule, or order found to have been violated, a statement of the legal authority and jurisdiction under which the order is issued, specific reference to the time limit for requesting a hearing to contest the order, and reference to the statute or statutes in which the time limit is contained. This statement must include the fact that the burden of requesting the hearing is on the person against whom the order was entered);
(5) a statement that the order is final on the 31st day after the date the affected person receives the order unless the affected person requests a hearing; and
(6) a statement regarding the actions that may be taken or sanctions that may be imposed against the person against whom the order was entered in the event of violation of the order.
(c) A request for a hearing to contest the order must be requested not later than the 30th day after the date the affected person receives the order and must:
(1) be in writing;
(2) be directed to the commissioner and filed with the division’s chief clerk of proceedings; and
(3) state the grounds for the request to set aside or modify the order.
(d) On receiving a request for a hearing the division shall serve notice of the time and place of the hearing at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). The hearing shall be held not later than the 10th day after the date the commissioner receives the request for a hearing unless the parties mutually agree to a later hearing date. At the hearing, the person requesting the hearing is entitled to show cause why the order should not be affirmed and the burden of proof is on the division to show why the order should be affirmed.
(e) Agreements to hold the hearing at a later date must be in writing. The person who is adversely affected by the issuance of the ex parte emergency cease and desist order and who desires a hearing regarding such order must file any such agreement with the division’s chief clerk of proceedings before the expiration of the 10th day after the date the request for hearing is received.
(f) Following receipt of the proposal for decision from SOAH regarding the hearing the commissioner shall review the proposed decision of the administrative law judge and wholly or partly affirm, modify, or set aside the order. If the commissioner modifies, amends, or changes a recommended finding of fact or conclusion of law, or order of the administrative law judge, the commissioner’s final order shall state the legal basis and the specific reasons for the change.
(g) Pending a hearing, the order continues in effect unless the order is stayed by the commissioner.
(h) If the person against whom the order was entered submits a motion for stay of the ex parte emergency cease and desist order, the motion may be granted by the commissioner before the date of the show cause hearing. If the parties agree to a later show cause hearing date pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, the motion for stay may be granted by the commissioner before the date of the show cause hearing upon written motion by any party to the hearing. If the motion for stay is granted, notice shall be sent to the requesting party that the order has been stayed in whole or in part and what part of the order continues to be in effect. If the motion is not granted before the date of the show cause hearing the motion is denied and notice is not required of the denial.
The provisions of this §180.10 adopted to be effective February 14, 2012, 37 TexReg 691.