The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended whistleblower protection, according to sources. OSHA announced plans to for a Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee to ensure that the new protections are carried out.
“Workers who expose securities and financial fraud, adulterated foods, and water pollution, and workplace safety hazards have a legal right to speak out without fear of retaliation, and the laws that protects these whistleblowers also protect the health, safety and well-being of all Americans,” says Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Establishing a federal advisory committee is another important effort to strengthen protections for whistleblowers.”
The committee will advise and report directly to OSHA concerning ways to protect whistleblowers and encourage them to come forward.
“This new Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee will help our agency sustain an open dialogue with stakeholders and experts, and will promote the transparency and accountability that are the cornerstone of this administration,” Dr. Michaels added.
This is a great step. Whistleblowers need to feel safe about coming forward. If employees know they will be protected by OSHA and the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, they will be much more comfortable speaking out.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment law attorneys