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Handling of Retaliation Complaints under Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act

Posted by: Nancy Bourque    Jan 10, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a final rule on the procedures for the handling of whistleblower complaints under Section 1558 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations protect employees (which includes former employees and applicants for employment) who may have been subject to retaliation for seeking assistance under certain affordability assistance provisions, or for reporting potential violations of the ACA’s consumer protections.

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Topics: ACA, Affordable Care Act, OSHA, Nancy Bourque, whistleblower complaints, retaliation, consumer protection

OSHA Reporting Changes: Employer Checklist

Posted by: Nancy Bourque    Jun 21, 2016 2:55:11 PM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued sweeping changes to record-keeping and reporting rules. Starting in 2017, employers with as few as 20 employees may be required to electronically report workplace injuries and illnesses on an annual basis, and the information from those reports will be searchable, by employer name, by any member of the public.

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Topics: workplace safety, OSHA, Nancy Bourque, workplace injuries and illnesses, OSHA reporting, covered employer

OSHA's Final Rule on Electronic Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Posted by: Nancy Bourque    Jun 16, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Beginning in 2017, certain employers with as few as 20 employees at a single site will be required to electronically file information about employee injuries and accidents that occurred in the prior year. This means that, for many employers, injuries and illnesses occurring in 2016 will be subject to this change.

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Topics: employee injuries, workplace safety, OSHA, employee accidents, Nancy Bourque, workplace injuries and illnesses