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March 10, 2023
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US Department of Labor issues final rule on handling retaliation complaints under Taxpayer First Act

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today issued a final rule adopting as final the procedures and time frames for handling employee retaliation complaints under the Taxpayer First Act, enacted July 1, 2019.

The Act protects employees who report or assist in an investigation regarding underpayment of taxes or potential violations of the internal revenue laws or Federal law relating to tax fraud. The Act also protects employees who assist in any action taken by the Internal Revenue Service relating to these issues.

This final rule adopts the procedures and time frames established in OSHA's interim final rule, published March 7, 2022, without substantive change.

The final rule is effective March 13, 2023. Read the fact sheet on Whistleblower Protection for Employees Who Report Federal Tax Law Violations for more information.

OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of more than 20 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various workplace safety and health, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health insurance reform, motor vehicle safety, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, securities, tax, criminal antitrust and anti-money laundering laws. For more information on whistleblower protections, visit OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Programs webpage.

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