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Directive Title
CPL 02-03-007

OSHA Whistleblower Investigations Manual (published 1/28/2016)

  • CPL 02-03-007: OSHA Whistleblower Investigations Manual - Annotated (last updated Feb. 17, 2017) - For ease of reference, the Annotated Whistleblower Investigations Manual (WIM) contains hyperlinks to current policy guidance related to topics and procedures discussed in the WIM.
CPL 02-03-004 Section 11(c), AHERA, and ISCA Appeals Program (Published 9/12/2012)
CPL 02-03-006 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Processes for Whistleblower Protection Program (published 8/18/2015)


Memoranda Title
January 12, 2017 Clarification of Streamlined Procedures to Close Cases that OSHA Lacks Authority to Investigate ("Docket and Dismiss")
November 10, 2016 Interim Investigation Procedures for Section 29 C.F.R. 1904.35(b)(1)(iv)
October 12, 2016 Updated Guidelines on Sharing Complaints and Findings with Partner Agencies
August 23, 2016 New Policy Guidelines for Approving Settlement Agreements in Whistleblower Cases
July 15, 2016 Clarification of the Express Promise of Confidentiality Prior to Confidential Witness Interviews
July 13, 2016 Delay of Enforcement of the employee rights provisions under 29 CFR 1904.35
May 11, 2016 Clarification of Guidance for Section 11(c) Cases Involving Temporary Workers
January 28, 2016 Tolling of Limitation Periods under OSHA Whistleblower Laws by Private Agreements and for Other Reasons
January 11, 2016 Clarification of the Work Refusal Standard under 29 CFR 1977.12(b)(2)
December 21, 2015 Policy for Enforcing Settlement Agreements, Preliminary Reinstatement Orders, and Final ALJ and ARB Orders
October 1, 2015 Taxability of Settlements Chart
September 17, 2015 Lee v. Norfolk Southern Railway Company, No. 14-1585: Applicability of the Election of Remedies Provision in the Federal Railroad Safety Act to Other Statutory Claims
April 20, 2015 Clarification of the Investigative Standard for OSHA Whistleblower Investigations
June 27, 2014 Whistleblower Complainants and Safety and Health Referrals
March 6, 2014 Referring Untimely 11(c) Complainants to the NLRB
April 18, 2012 Revised Whistleblower Disposition Procedures
March 12, 2012 Employer Safety Incentive and Disincentive Policies and Practices
September 15, 2011 Section 11(c) Cases Are an Enforcement Priority
March 23, 2011 Urban Rapid Transit and the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA)

Memoranda of Understanding

Agency Date
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau February 4, 2017
Environmental Protection Agency December 1, 1996
Environmental Protection Agency February 13, 1991
Environmental Protection Agency November 23, 1990
Federal Aviation Administration December 1, 2015
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration April 14, 2017
Federal Railroad Administration July 16, 2012
National Labor Relations Board January 12, 2017
Nuclear Regulatory Commission September 9, 1998

Regional Directives

Regional Directive Title
CPL 02-03-01 Regional Whistleblower Protection Program Expedited Case Processing Pilot, San Francisco Regional Office (Region 9)
CPL 02-03-001 Whistleblower Program Complaint Intake, Boston Regional Office (Region 1)
CPL 02-03-002 Streamline Uniform Report of Investigation, Boston Regional Office (Region 1)
CPL 02-03-003 Whistleblower Program Complaint Screening, Boston Regional Office (Region 1)
CPL 02-03-004 Streamlined Investigation, Boston Regional Office (Region 1)
CPL 02-03-005A Whistleblower Electronic Case File, Boston Regional Office (Region 1)
CPL-2016-30 Administrative dismissals ROI Pilot, New York Regional Office (Region 2)
2017-WB-001 Non-Public Disclosure Pilot - 11(c) Complaints Only (Regions V and X)

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