OSHA has published a Final Rule on the "Procedures for the Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act." Effective July 27, the Final Rule -- among other provisions -- clarifies that persons may not retaliate against workers covered by the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) for making oral or written complaints about violations of commercial motor vehicle safety or security regulations to government agencies, employers and others.
The rule also ensures complainants have an opportunity to respond to the respondent's submissions during OSHA's investigation and receive copies of correspondence and evidence OSHA sends to respondents before ordering preliminary reinstatement. The rule incorporates suggestions made in comments received on the Interim Final Rule published in August 2010 and is consistent with the procedures established in the recently published final Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act whistleblower rule, to the extent permitted by statute.
OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various workplace safety, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food, safety, health care reform, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime and securities laws.
To learn more, visit OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program page.