Attorneys general from around the country are calling on Amazon to provide COVID-19 related data on workers in its facilities who have tested positive or died.
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On Thursday, several U.S. senators questioned Amazon’s firing of four whistleblowers who raised safety concerns over the spreading of coronavirus in warehouses.
In a letter sent to Jeff Bezos, CEO…
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently reminded employers that it is illegal to retaliate against employees who report unsafe and unhealthy working conditions during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.…
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The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado recently ordered a Railway to pay damages to a whistleblower who suffered retaliation. The whistleblower received over $1.74 million from Burlington…
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The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new whistleblower protections for sailors will go into effect on Thursday.…
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The OSHA Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs issued new policy guidance on the criteria it uses to ensure settlement agreements do not impermissibly restrict or discourage whistleblowing.
The new policy guidelines, issued August 23, 2016, state that OSHA will not approve settlements that contain “gag” clauses that restrict or discourage whistleblowing. Such clauses are often found in broad confidentiality or non-disparagement provisions and prevent individuals from filing a complaint with a government agency, participating in an investigation, testifying in proceedings, or otherwise providing information to the government.…
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The Administrative Review Board issues final agency decisions for the Secretary of Labor in cases arising under a wide range of worker protection laws, primarily involving environmental, transportation, and securities whistleblower protection. The below list includes decisions of the Administrative Review Board from January to April 2016 as reported in the USDOL/OALJ Reporter:
- Gupta v. Compunnel Software Group, Inc., ARB No. 16-056, ALJ No. 2011-LCA-45 (ARB Apr. 29, 2016)
Final Decision and Order PDF
- Bohanon v. Grand Trunk Western Railroad Co., ARB No. 16-048, ALJ No. 2014-FRS-3 (ARB Apr. 27, 2016)
Final Decision and Order Denying Motion to File Petition for Review, After Time for the Filing Has Expired PDF
- Graves v. MV Transportation, Inc., ARB No. 14-098, ALJ Nos. 2014-NTS-1 and 2 (ARB Apr. 27, 2016)
Order Approving Settlement and Dismissing Complaint PDF
- OFCCP, USDOL v. Bank of America, ARB No. 13-099, ALJ No. 1997-OFC-16 (ARB Apr. 21, 2016)
Final Decision and Order PDF
On May 31, 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it had launched a pilot for its first severe violator enforcement program for employers that continually and willfully disregard the rights of whistleblowers.
OSHA’s “Whistleblower-Severe Violator Enforcement Program” will be similar to its enforcement Severe Violator Enforcement Program which includes employers that routinely ignore federal workplace safety and health regulations. W-SVEP became effective on May 27, 2016, in the agency’s Kansas City Region, which includes employers in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, and those companies under federal enforcement in Iowa.…
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On April 18, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule establishing procedures for handling retaliation complaints under the Food Safety Modernization Act. The final rule explains the burdens of proof, remedies and statute of limitations similar to other whistleblower protection statutes that OSHA administers.…
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The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fallen for a trap laid by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber and its big corporate allies have led a long campaign dedicated to eroding protections for whistleblowers who report crimes. One of their favorite tactics is to try to get whistleblowers to report issues to the company’s attorneys or other company-led programs. They want to discourage reporting to law enforcement authorities, making it harder to rein in corruption on Wall Street and Corporate America at large.
Now the Chamber of Commerce is at it again and they’ve roped in OSHA to support them.