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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC36 Publication ID: 2012 
Title: Procedures for Handling Employee Retaliation Complaints Under the National Transit Systems Security Act; Surface Transportation Assistance Act; and Federal Railroad Safety Act  
Abstract: OSHA is publishing final procedures for the handling and investigation of retaliation complaints pursuant to section 1521 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. This Act amended the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA), to give OSHA responsibility for administering the whistleblower protection provision of FRSA, which provides protections from retaliation to employees working for railroad carriers and their contractors and subcontractors who report potential violations or engage in certain activities related to safety and security. OSHA is publishing procedures for the handling and investigation of retaliation complaints pursuant to section 1413 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. Section 1413, known as the National Transit Systems Security Act (NTSSA), included a new whistleblower protection provision to be administered by OSHA that provides protection from retaliation to employees of public transportation agencies and their contractors and subcontractors who report potential violations or engage in certain activities related to safety and security. OSHA will amend 29 CFR 1978, the procedures applicable to the handling and investigation of whistleblower complaints under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA), 49 U.S.C. 31105, to implement statutory changes enacted by Congress under section 1536 of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, and to provide other procedural updates as needed. The statute provides retaliation protection to employees working for commercial motor carriers who report potential violations or engage in certain activities related to safety and security. Pursuant to these statutes, the rules set forth the procedures for handling and investigating retaliation complaints, including a statutory "kick-out" provision allowing the complainant to file the complaint in District Court if the Secretary of Labor has not issued a final decision within 210 days of the filing of the complaint. Immediate implementation of these regulations is necessitated to govern whistleblower investigations conducted under the new and revised statutes. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1982; 29 CFR 1978 
Legal Authority: PL 110-53, sec 1521, The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007; 49 USC 20109; PL 110-53, sec 1413, The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007; 6 USC 1142; PL 110-53, sec 1536, The Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007; 49 USC 31105 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  08/31/2010  75 FR 53522 
Interim Final Rule Effective  08/31/2010   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  11/01/2010   
Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (STAA), as Amended  07/27/2012  77 FR 44121 
Final Action  04/00/2013   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Laura Seeman
Division Chief, Field Operations, Office of the Whistleblower Protection Program
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue, NW, FP Building, Room N-3610,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2199

 
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