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OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Rule

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by Michael Bell on Feb 20, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently instituted new electronic injury reporting and anti-retaliation rules.  The anti-retaliation provisions are part of a broader record-keeping rule that will require certain businesses to submit electronically all injury and illness data—some of which will be available to the public on the agency's website.

The rule also prohibits employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness. The final rule requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation, which can be satisfied by posting the already-required OSHA workplace poster.

Here are some of the important aspects of the new rule

  • Employers must provide anti-retaliation training.
  • Have procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and that do not deter or discourage employees from reporting.
  • Employers will need to develop a system, or process, for responding to, and resolving, employee concerns.

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