April 3, 2014
Contact: Office of Communications
OSHA issues interim final rule protecting whistleblowers under
Consumer Financial Protection Act
WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued an interim final rule establishing procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints under the Consumer Financial Protection Act. OSHA invites the public to submit comments on the interim final rule.
CFPA, enacted July 21, 2010, protects employees against retaliation by entities that offer or provide consumer financial products or services, such as residential mortgages, mortgage loan modification and foreclosure relief services, private education loans, payday loans, consumer credit and debt relief services.
This interim final rule establishes procedures, burdens of proof, remedies and statutes of limitations similar to other whistleblower protection statutes that OSHA administers.
Individuals may submit comments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal, via mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments must be submitted by June 2, 2014.
OSHA has also developed a new fact sheet, Filing Whistleblower Complaints under the Consumer Financial Protection Act*. The fact sheet explains who is covered under the act, protected activity, types of retaliation and the process of filing a complaint.
OSHA enforces the whistleblower provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and 21 other statutes protecting employees who report violations of various workplace, commercial motor vehicle, airline, nuclear, pipeline, environmental, railroad, public transportation, maritime, consumer product, motor vehicle safety, health care reform, corporate securities, food safety and consumer financial reform regulations. Additional information is available at http://www.whistleblowers.gov.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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