OSHA Delays Effective Date of Enforcing Anti-Retaliation Provisions of New Tracking Rule

Citing a need to conduct additional outreach as well as provide educational materials and guidance for employers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has postponed the enforcement date of the anti-retaliation provisions of its new injury and illness tracking rule. Enforcement will begin on Nov. 1, 2016, instead of the originally scheduled date, Aug. 10, 2016.

From the OSHA press release announcing the delay: “Under the rule, employers are required to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation; implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting; and incorporate the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.”

Learn what types of businesses the standard impacts and when the submission deadlines go into effect by reading our updated WorkSafe Solutions on this topic. There has also been a legal challenge filed to the application of the OSHA Electronic Filing rule by several employers and insurance carrier, Great American. To review the lawsuit, click here.