New OSHA Rule Details Procedures, Time Frames for Retaliation Complaints in Automotive Industry

Three years after passage of a law protecting workers in the automotive industry from retaliation by their employers, the Occupational Safe and Health Administration has issued a rule establishing procedures and time frames for filing retaliation complaints.

OSHA today issued an interim rule establishing procedures for filing retaliation complaints under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). MAP-21, enacted July 6, 2012, protects workers in automobile manufacturing, part supplies and car dealerships who have been discharged or otherwise retaliated against for providing information concerning motor vehicle defects or violations of motor vehicle safety standards to their employer or the Secretary of Transportation.

The interim final rule is effective today, March 16, 2016. Individuals may submit comments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments can also be submitted by mail or facsimile; for details, see the Federal Register notice. The deadline for comments is May 16, 2016.

OSHA’s fact sheet, Filing Whistleblower Complaints under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), provides additional details about the statute and interim final rule along with instructions on how to file a complaint with OSHA under MAP-21.

Here’s a link to OSHA’s announcement.

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