Safety and Health
This section explains employee rights regarding occupational safety and health standards in the workplace and elsewhere on the job, under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and relevant whistleblower laws.
It also provides links to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state equivalents, that enforce occupational safety and health standards and investigate employer violations.
Employees who reasonably believe that their employers are endangering their safety or health in the workplace or elsewhere on the job, may use the links to file complaints against their employers through OSHA or state equivalents.
Employers will find the links useful for researching safety and health standards, and compliance information.
Occupational Safety and Health Topics
Occupational Safety and Health
Generally explains employee rights regarding occupational safety and health standards, under the Occupational Safety and Health Act and relevant whistleblower laws.
Topics Related to Occupational Safety and Health
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COBRA Extended Health Insurance Benefits
About the Federal law that grants you the right to extend your employer-provided group health insurance benefits during a period of unemployment. Includes HIPAA information.
Family and Medical Leave
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees to take job-protected work leave to care for themselves or qualified family members, or for the birth or adoption of children. Qualified family members include those who are on active military duty and also includes those who are involved in same-sex marriages legalized by the states.
Whistleblower Retaliation Protection
About laws that protect employees from employer retaliation for "blowing the whistle" when they reasonably believe that their employers are engaged in illegal, unsafe or unhealthy activities.
The basics of health and disability benefits under state workers' compensation insurance or "workers comp", which is for employees who receive injuries or become ill in the course of their occupations.
For links to the government agencies that investigate employer violations of occupational safety and health standards, see the following pages. The same pages are also linked in the Occupational Safety and Health article listed above.