OSHA has announced the recent launch of a redesigned website for its Whistleblower Protection Program. The interactive, streamlined design highlights important information and data on more than 20 statutes OSHA enforces.
The redesign includes a new homepage with a video that showcases industries the program covers and menu options that allow employers and employees to easily find information about their rights and responsibilities.
Users can access information on protected activities, filing deadlines, and resources based on subject/industry or statute. OSHA used feedback received at recent whistleblower stakeholder meetings to inform the redesign.
According to the Government Accountability Project, whistleblowers typically are current or former employees with direct, credible information about wrongdoing that they became aware of while on the job.
Second, the concerns are serious and their disclosures reveal changes that must be made according to the law or in the protection of the public interest.
Under OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program, employees may file whistleblower complaints with the Agency if they believe they have been retaliated against for engaging in protected activities related to the following:
- Workplace safety and health;
- Airline industry;
- Commercial motor carriers;
- Consumer products;
- Financial reform;
- Food safety;
- Motor vehicle safety;
- Healthcare reform;
- Nuclear activities;
- Pipeline; and
- Public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, and securities laws.
An employer cannot take adverse action against employees, such as:
- Firing or laying off;
- Denying overtime or promotion; or
- Reducing pay or hours, for engaging in activities protected by OSHA’s whistleblower laws.
The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution naming July 30th “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.”
July 30th commemorates the 241st anniversary of America’s first whistleblower law, passed during the height of the Revolutionary War in 1778, and celebrates the contributions of whistleblowers to creating a more open and just society.