On December 7, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a Denver-based information technology services provider must reinstate a whistleblower who raised concerns about the company’s failure to pay trust fund taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 303 Technologies Inc. violated the Taxpayer First Act, according to the agency, and must pay the […]
Do you have a robust antiretaliation program? Are you prepared for an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) whistleblower investigation? OSHA has had whistleblower protection authority since its beginning. Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established protections for those who file safety and health complaints or participate in inspections or […]
Whistleblower charges alleging workplace safety retaliation have surged dramatically during COVID-19. Approximately 30 percent more charges have been filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over the same period last year, according to a recent audit from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Inspector General.
OSHA has announced that it wants to obtain stakeholder views on its whistleblower program. To launch this effort, the agency says it will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., on June 12, 2018, to solicit comments and suggestions from stakeholders in the railroad and trucking industries, including employers, employees, and representatives of employers and […]
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is launching a new pilot process in its Western region. The “Expedited Case Processing Pilot” allows a complainant covered by certain statutes to ask OSHA to cease its investigation and issue findings for the DOL’s Office of Administrative Law Judges to consider.
On May 31, OSHA announced a pilot program aimed at protecting workers who report violations of law, safety and health—a severe violator enforcement program for employers that “continually and willfully” disregard the rights of whistleblowers.
Recently, OSHA announced that it is launching a pilot program aimed at employers who “continually and willfully” disregard the right of whistleblowers. Called the Whistleblower Severe Violator Enforcement Program or W-SVEP, the program will be similar to the existing Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which includes employers that routinely ignore safety and health regulations. The pilot […]
OSHA investigations identify employers that took adverse action against employees for reporting injuries.