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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC55 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: Procedures for the Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 
Abstract: OSHA is promulgating procedures for the handling and investigation of retaliation complaints pursuant to section 1558 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the Affordable Care Act or ACA), which added section 18C to the Fair Labor Standards Act. This section established a new whistleblower protection statute to be administered by OSHA that provides protection from retaliation to employees who engage in protected activities under the ACA. Pursuant to the statute, the procedures will follow those enacted under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, 15 U.S.C. 2087(b), including remedies and legal burdens of proof provisions. Promulgation of a regulation is necessary to govern whistleblower investigations conducted under the new statute. 
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 1984   
Legal Authority: 29 USC 218C, FLSA sec 18C    PL 111-148, sec 1558, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  09/00/2011    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Nilgun Tolek
Director, 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:202 693-2531
Fax:202 693-2369