Tag Archives: OSHA

N.D. Indiana: Employer Bears Burden of Proving Whistleblower Exhausted Administrative Remedies

On February 1, 2016, the Northern District of Indiana ruled in a case brought under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) that whether a whistleblower has fulfilled relevant administrative requirements prior to filing suit is a “condition precedent” rather than a “jurisdictional requirement.”  King v. Ind. Harbor Belt R.R., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 43263 (N.D. … Continue Reading

ARB Says “Convenience Leave” Letter Does Not Trigger SOX Statute of Limitations

On August 31, 2012, the Administrative Review Board (ARB) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) liberally interpreted the standard governing when the SOX statute of limitations clock starts ticking, ruling that a letter informing Complainant Kenneth Poli that he was being placed on a “convenience leave” was not a “final, definitive and unequivocal” notice … Continue Reading

OSHA Announces ADR Pilot Program

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is charged with enforcing the whistleblower protection provisions in 22 separate statutes – ranging from Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to environmental statutes to the Safety Transportation Assistance Act – will pilot a new conflict resolution program for whistleblower claims.  OSHA Directive 12-01 (CPL … Continue Reading
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