If both parties agree to participate in ADR, an OSHA representative who is not involved in the investigation of the complaint will be assigned to facilitate ADR. The OSHA representative will work with the parties to find a mutually acceptable resolution to the whistleblower complaint and may help the parties to draft a written settlement agreement.
Once a settlement agreement is reached, it must be reviewed and approved by OSHA following the policies and procedures outlined in the Whistleblower Investigations Manual and other applicable guidance.
While ADR is ongoing, OSHA’s investigation of the whistleblower complaint will be put on hold. If the parties fail to reach a settlement during ADR, OSHA will proceed with its investigation. However, parties may reach a settlement at any time during the investigation.