The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a set of recommendations to help companies prevent whistleblower retaliation from occurring in their workplaces. The agency suggests training all employees about their right to report any such issues that arise to OSHA or another appropriate agency. It also encourages employers to implement programs that allow employees to easily report noncompliance with safety and health laws and to prevent retaliation against any employees that do speak up.
The five specific points OSHA recommends be a part of any anti-retaliation program include the following:
OSHA works with companies to offer several ways to develop programs that accomplish every one of these goals, including having multiple confidential (or anonymous) channels through which employees can submit their complaints, a system of follow-up interviews with any employee who submits a complaint and establishing a series of anonymous surveys of employees to assess the company’s anti-retaliation program. The agency also recommends that employers incentivize reporting in some way.
For more information about the steps your company should take to prevent whistleblower retaliation, contact an experienced attorney at Kardell Law Group today.