On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit data from their work-related injury records to OSHA. OSHA also indicated its intention to publish this employer information on a public website.
Fearing that the publicity of workplace injury and illnesses would motivate employers to discourage their employees from reporting injuries and illnesses, OSHA included three major anti-retaliation provisions in the final rule.
OSHA’s initial plan was to begin enforcing the new anti-retaliation provisions on Aug. 10, 2016. However, on July 13, 2016, due to considerable pushback from employers, OSHA announced it would delay enforcing the anti-retaliation provisions until Nov. 1, 2016.
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