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OSHA introduces dispute-resolution program

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has introduced an alternative dispute-resolution pilot program for complaints filed with OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program. The alternative dispute-resolution program can assist complainants with resolving their disputes in a cooperative and voluntary manner.

The program will be implemented in two OSHA regions and offers two voluntary dispute-resolution methods: early resolution and mediation. When a whistleblower complaint is filed with OSHA in one of the pilot regions, the parties involved will be notified of the alternative dispute-resolution options and may work through an OSHA regional alternative dispute-resolution coordinator to use those methods.

The two OSHA regions participating in the pilot are headquartered in Chicago and San Francisco. The Chicago regional office is responsible for whistleblower investigations filed in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The San Francisco regional office is responsible for whistleblower investigations in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, as well as various Pacific Islands, including American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.