The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today it will delay, to Nov. 1 from Aug. 10, the starting date for enforcing new anti-retaliation provisions in its recently updated injury and illness tracking rule. The move comes five days after a business coalition filed a lawsuit challenging the anti-retaliatory provisions of the rule.
The rule requires employers to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation, OSHA says. It also puts into place procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses "that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting," while keeping current prohibitions on retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.
OSHA delayed the implementation "to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers," the agency said in a news release.