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Occupational Safety and Health Administration


RIN: 1218-AC55

Publication ID: Fall 2010

Title: Procedures for the Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010

Abstract: OSHA is promulgating procedures for the handling and investigation of retaliation complaints pursuant to section 1558 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the Affordable Care Act or ACA), which added section 18C to the Fair Labor Standards Act. This section established a new whistleblower protection statute to be administered by OSHA that provides protection from retaliation to employees who engage in protected activities under the ACA. Pursuant to the statute, the procedures will follow those enacted under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, 15 U.S.C. 2087(b), including remedies and legal burdens of proof provisions. Promulgation of a regulation is necessary to govern whistleblower investigations conducted under the new statute.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)

Priority: Other Significant

RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda

Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage

Major: No

Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1984 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)

Legal Authority: 29 USC 218C, FLSA sec 18C; PL 111-148, sec 1558, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

Legal Deadline: None




FR Cite

Interim Final Rule



Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Small Entities Affected: No

Federalism: No

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

RIN Data Printed in the FR: No

Agency Contact:
Nilgun Tolek
Director, Office of the Whistleblower Protection Program
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3610,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2531
Fax:202 693-2369