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OSHA Recommends Best Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs

Posted Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 pm

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidance to assist employers in strengthening anti-retaliation programs in the workplace.  The guidance, "Recommended Practices for Anti-Retaliation Programs," makes final a draft document that was issued in late 2015 based on recommendations by OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee.  Incorporating much of the feedback provided during the comment period, the guidance identifies five steps for creating an effective anti-retaliation program: (1) ensuring leadership commitment; (2) fostering an anti-retaliation culture; (3) implementing a system for responding to reports of retaliation; (4) conducting anti-retaliation training; and (5) monitoring progress and program improvement. It provides practical tips on implementation of each of the five steps, stressing the importance of clear and consistent communication on the company's commitment to anti-retaliation efforts, company support for employees who step forward, and the need to monitor the program's efficacy.

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