FMCSA, OSHA to collaborate on employer retaliation claims made by truck drivers

| July 30, 2014

hours truck eveningIn an attempt to ensure truck drivers’ protections under federal anti-retaliation laws, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration have agreed to begin sharing information with one another when drivers claim their employers violate labor laws.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the two agencies follows the direction of an April-released report from the Department of Transportation that directed the two to collaborate on whistleblower claim investigations.

Whistleblower protections were also a topic at FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee Meeting in February. 

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The agencies’ agreement works to bolster their response to claims of retaliation by carriers to drivers who have notified authorities of potential violations by their employer. Workers are entitled to anti-retaliation protection by the Surface Transportation Assistance Act.

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Per the agreement between the FMCSA and OSHA, FMCSA will tell any driver who notifies it of potential retaliatory actions by a carrier that they should contact OSHA, and it will give drivers the right contact information.

That contact information is also available at whisteblowers.gov.

OSHA, likewise, will notify FMCSA of any complaints filed by commercial vehicle drivers and will provide complainants with FMCSA’s complaint hotline number and email address.

The two agencies will report annually on each year’s shared cases.

Overdrive interviewed Paul Taylor in May regarding the Surface Transportation Assistance Act and its protections for drivers and whistleblower claims. Click here to listen to the podcast from that interview.

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  • jan johnson

    My boss doesn’t want to pay workman comp insurance so he is leaseing all of his trucks and going owner op. So he don’t have to carry any state med insurance ether. So if you don’t buy the truck your in you have to move on. Cause he is Saleing all.

  • jan johnson

    Bad thing is mark hedge is a banker and has 4 other companys and make money hand over fist. But he to cheap to carry our insurance. Freight rates don’t make up any differents.

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  • guest

    Whitle Blower?? Purdy funny….nobody cares…..Rule #1.
    They will make your life HELL if you tattle on them Rule #2.
    Find the LEAST miserable conditions for yerself and try to eek out an existence….industry aint never going to change for the Good.
    always has been a SICK PATHETIC JOKE….always will be. lol
    Low paid mexicans are Replacing complainers right now…..they are laughing all the way to the Bank…at YOUR expense….

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