This subpart implements the procedural aspects of section 405 of the Surface transportation Assistance
Act of 1982, 49 U.S.C. 2305, which provides for employee protection from discrimination because the employee has engaged in protected activity
pertaining to commercial motor vehicle safety and health matters.
Procedures are established by this subpart pursuant to the statutory provision set forth above for the
expeditious handling of complaints of discrimination made by employees, or persons acting on their behalf. These rules, together with those rules set
forth at 29 CFR Part 18, set forth the procedures for submission of complaints under section 405, investigations, issuance of findings and preliminary
orders, objections thereto, litigation before administrative law judges, post-hearing administrative review, withdrawals and settlements, judicial
review and enforcement, and deferral to other forums.