The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the DOL announced a few days ago that whistleblowers will now be able to file complaints related to violations of the 22 laws that come under OSHA’s purview through an on-line form. The report can be made at www.osha.gov/whistleblower/WBComplaint.html.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels stated, “Whistleblower laws protect not only workers, but also the public at large and now workers will have an additional avenue available to file a complaint with OSHA.”
Workers can still make complaints in writing or by calling OSHA or one of its regional or area offices.
With all of the changes in health insurance and the discussion of the ACA, it is hard to track what will be happening next. One item related to flexible spending accounts (FSAs) may have gotten lost in the noise. Late in October, the White House issued an informational fact sheet that sets out a significant change with FSAs. The “use-it-or-lose-it” nature of contributions has been modified by Treasury to allow a limited rollover of unused funds:
- as of this time, employers with plans that lack a grace period may elect to allow participants to roll over up to $500 of unused funds at the end of the 2013 plan year; and
- beginning plan year 2014, employers may allow participants to roll over up to $500 of unused funds at the end of the plan year.