The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) previously implemented new rules whereby certain employers would be required to electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA. Under these new rules, employers are required to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation. Employers are also mandated to implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and which do not deter workers from reporting accidents.
OSHA recently announced that it will delay enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions to the new injury and illness tracking rule to conduct additional outreach and provide further educational guidance to employers. Enforcement of these regulations will now begin on November 1, 2016.