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OSHA Introduces Online Whistleblower Complaint Form

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is seeking to streamline the whistleblower process by introducing an online form to register discrimination and retaliation complaints.  The form provides enough information for whistleblower investigators to follow up and begin a case. Previously, whistleblowers could only file a written complaint or call the agency’s hotline.  

In a statement, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, said:

The ability of workers to speak out and exercise their rights without fear of retaliation provides the backbone for some of American workers’ most essential protections.  Whistleblower laws protect not only workers, but also the public at large and now workers will have an additional avenue available to file a complaint with OSHA.”

The law firm Ogletree Deakins provides background on OSHA’s authority to investigate whistleblower retaliation:

OSHA has investigatory authority for the whistleblower provisions of 22 separate statutes, which cover employees who report violations of various securities, trucking, air and rail, nuclear power, pipeline, and environmental laws. Its investigatory authority includes violations of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, and the Clean Air Act. After OSHA completes its investigation, it issues findings, which may then be reviewed by the DOL’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, Administrative Review Board, and the federal Courts of Appeals.


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