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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AD30 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Procedures for Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under the Whistleblower Protection Statutes 

OSHA is promulgating an interim final rule to update the procedures for handling and investigation of retaliation complaints under several whistleblower protection statutes. The updates would make the investigation procedures consistent among the statutes and make the process accessible for employers and employees by providing uniform standards with regard to various procedural issues including the sharing of the information between the parties during the investigation and the ability of the agency to serve findings by electronic means. Recent changes to the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act (PSIA) and the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21) resulting from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 will also be addressed. Promulgation of this procedural rule will aid OSHA’s efficient processing of complaints under the whistleblower statutes.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 24    29 CFR 1978    29 CFR 1979    29 CFR 1980    29 CFR 1981    29 CFR 1982    29 CFR 1983    29 CFR 1984    29 CFR 1985    29 CFR 1986    29 CFR 1987    29 CFR 1988   
Legal Authority: Secretary's Order No.08-2020 (May 15, 2020), 85 FR 58393 (September 18, 2020)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  02/00/2024 
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:
Lee Martin
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-3647, FP Building,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-2199