OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Effective December 1, 2016

A federal judge has struck down an injunction that would have stopped the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) record-keeping rule’s anti-retaliation provisions.  The anti-retaliation provision is to take effect December 1, 2016.  The “record-keeping rule” will take effect on January 1, 2017.  To learn more about this rule, click here.

The anti-retaliation protections were part of a final rule that was issued to improve the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses.  The anti-retaliation rule would have prohibited employers from discouraging workers from reporting any injuries or illnesses that happened at the workplace.  Additionally, employers are also required to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries or illnesses free from retaliation.  Employers are also required to post an OSHA workplace poster, which can be found by clicking here.