OSHA Final Rule Sets Procedures for Whistleblower Complaints Under Dodd-Frank Act

And the beat goes on at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which on Thursday published a final rule on the filing of retaliation complaints under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010–one of 22 whistleblower laws administered by OSHA.

Section 1057 of the CFPA protects employees against retaliation for reporting potential violations of consumer financial protection laws to their employer, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or any other law enforcement or regulatory agency.

This final rule establishes procedures, burdens of proof, remedies and statutes of limitations similar to other whistleblower protection statutes that OSHA administers. The rule implements statutory requirements created by Congress and creates no new obligations for employers or employees.

OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of 22 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various workplace, commercial motor vehicle, airline, nuclear, pipeline, environmental, railroad, public transportation, maritime, consumer product, motor vehicle safety, health care reform, corporate securities, food safety and consumer financial reform regulations. Additional information is available at http://www.whistleblowers.gov.

The text of the final rule is here.

OSHA’s announcement of the final rule is here.

This post was featured in the April 1 roundup of the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog.

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