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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC59 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: ●Procedures for Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under the Seaman's Protection Act 
Abstract: OSHA intends to promulgate procedures for the handling and investigation of retaliation complaints pursuant to the Seaman's Protection Act, 46 U.S.C. section 2114 (SPA), as amended by section 611 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, Public Law 111-281. This section transfers to OSHA the administration of the whistleblower protections previously enforced solely via a private right of action. It provides protection from retaliation to seamen who engage in protected activities under SPA. Pursuant to the statute, the procedures will follow those enacted under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, 49 U.S.C. 31105, including procedures, requirements, and rights. Promulgation of a regulation is necessary to govern whistleblower investigations conducted under the statute. 
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1986   
Legal Authority: PL 111-281, sec 611 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, amending the Seaman's Protection Act, 46 USC 2114   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  04/00/2012    
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