Is OSHA About To Ramp Up Its Whistleblower Program?

Law360, New York (January 23, 2015, 1:11 PM EST) -- Employee whistleblowing and retaliation claims are on the rise and the stakes are high as the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration ramps up its whistleblower program. OSHA's whistleblower protection program covers 22 federal statutes, including the Affordable Care Act, Sarbanes-Oxley and a myriad of transportation, environmental, consumer product and other safety statutes. Each year more whistleblower complaints are filed with OSHA and employers can expect this trend to continue.

Complaints filed with OSHA pose significant challenges for employers. Complaints are easy to file, the investigatory timeframes are short and the statutes provide for a variety of damages.

The whistleblower statutes...

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