A great deal of controversy and media attention has certainly surrounded the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both before and after its passage. However, little if any of that attention concerned the whistleblower provisions contained within the legislation. Indeed, even now as the law is in full swing, most people likely do not realize that the ACA creates new whistleblower protections for employees who report employer noncompliance with the Act’s insurance provisions.
The ACA prohibits employers from taking adverse action against employees for reporting violations or for taking advantage of premium tax credits. Oddly enough, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is actually responsible for administering this new whistleblower program:
Federal regulators are far from omniscient and must rely upon concerned employees to be their eyes and ears when it comes to noncompliance and retaliation. However, those who choose to stand up against these types of injustice should always do so with the counsel of an experienced Dallas, TX whistleblower attorney.