OSHA Won’t Enforce Illness and Injury Tracking Rule’s Anti-Retaliation Provisions Until December 1
OSHA has agreed to further delay enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its injury and illness tracking rule until December 1, 2016, at the request of a federal judge in the Northern District of Texas. The delayed implementation of the final rule would permit the court additional time to consider a motion challenging the new provisions.
The anti-retaliation provisions were originally slated to go into effect August 10, 2016, but were previously delayed until November 1 to give the agency time for outreach to the regulated community.
The rule requires employers to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation and implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting. The rule itself also incorporates the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.
Reposted with permission from Wolters Kluwer.
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