OSHA currently maintains 22 whistleblower protection laws that are designed to protect employees from retaliation. According to the DOL, its recommendations should help employers to comply with these laws and create workplaces in which employees feel comfortable voicing concerns and reporting injuries and illnesses. The DOL also outlined the five most important traits of any anti-retaliation program:
1. Anti-retaliation training for employees and managers
2. Management leadership, commitment and accountability
3. A system for listening to and resolving employees’ safety and compliance concerns
4. A system for receiving and responding to reports of retaliation
5. Program oversight
The DOL stated that the new recommended practices are only advisory in nature, and don’t create or alter any obligations created by OSHA standards and regulations.
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