OSHA Issues Final Rule on Retaliation Complaints under Seaman's Protection Act

The rule establishes procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints

According to a news release, OSHA has published a final rule that establishes procedures and time frames for handling retaliation complaints under the Seaman’s Protection Act (SPA). This act protects seamen from retaliation for engaging in protected activity like providing information to the government about maritime violations.

The rule establishes procedures and time frames for hearings before DOL judges, review of those decisions, and judicial review. It also defines “seaman” as any person employed on a U.S.-flag vessel or any other vessel owned by a US citizen.

"Seamen should be free to exercise their rights under the law without fear of termination or other retaliation by their employers," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "This final rule makes good on the promise to stand by those workers who have the courage to come forward when they believe their employers are violating maritime safety laws."

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