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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC79 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
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). This section established a new whistleblower protection statute to be administered by OSHA that provides protection from retaliation to employees in the health care industry who engage in protected activities under the ACA. Pursuant to the statute, the procedures 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. The ACA interim final rule was published February 27, 2013. 
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, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  02/27/2013  78 FR 13222   
Interim Final Rule Effective  02/27/2013 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  04/29/2013 
Final Action  02/00/2015 
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 
Related RINs: Duplicate of 1218-AC55, Split from 1218-AC58 
Agency Contact:
Laura Seeman
Division Chief, Field Operations, Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue, NW., FP Building, Room N-4624,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2199