OSHA Steps Up Efforts To Revamp Whistleblower Program

By Abigail Rubenstein (May 18, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday announced a plan to establish an advisory committee to improve its administration of whistleblower protections, a move attorneys say underscores the government's renewed focus on workers who report workplace safety, consumer product, environmental, food safety, securities and other violations.

OSHA, which enforces the whistleblower provisions of 21 statutes that protect workers who report violations, completed an internal top-to-bottom review of its whistleblower program last year after U.S. Government Accountability Office audits in 2009 and 2010 found substantial problems.

The agency has since announced several changes aimed at beefing up...

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