Last week OSHA published an interim final rule that establishes procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). According to OSHA’s press release, the procedures, burdens of proof, remedies, and statutes of limitations established by the interim final rule are similar to other whistleblower protection statutes that the agency administers. OSHA is accepting public comment on the interim final rule through April 14. For more information on submitting comments, see the Federal Register notice.
The FSMA provides protection against retaliation from businesses for employees who disclose information about possible violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
To learn more about OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program, visit the agency’s website.