OSHA DELAYS ENFORCEMENT OF EMPLOYEE RIGHTS PROVISIONS

OSHA announced  a delay until November 1, 2016, in enforcement of the employee rights provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule, The delayed section (§1904.35) requires that employers: (1) inform each employee of how he or she is to report a work-related injury and illness; (2) provide access to their injury and illness records for employees and their representatives; and (3) not discharge or in any manner discriminate against any employee for reporting a work-related injury or illness. However, OSHA’s announcement does not change the Aug. 10 implementation date of the section on prohibition against discrimination (§1904.36). This section prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee for reporting a work-related incident. In addition it protects employees who file a safety and health complaint, ask for access to injury and illness records, or exercises any right afforded by the OSH Act.