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OSHA Gives Whistleblowers More Time to Report Retaliation

Joe Mont | March 9, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule that clarifies its procedures for handling whistleblower retaliation complaints that are filed in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, bringing them in line with modifications required by the Dodd-Frank Act. Notably, the new rule gives aggrieved employees an extra 90 days to file retaliation complaints and allows those allegations to be made orally, not just in writing.

The new rule applies to SOX’ Section 806, which protects employees who report fraudulent activities and violations of Securities Exchange Commission rules that may harm investors in publicly traded companies. SOX prohibits publicly-traded companies and nationally recognized statistical ratings organizations from retaliating against an employee who provides...

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