On April 2, 2014, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published the interim final rule setting forth the procedures that will apply to retaliation complaints filed under the whistleblower provisions of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (“CFPA”).

OSHA is responsible for processing complaints filed under the CFPA, which is part of the Dodd-Frank Act, and protects employees who report violations of financial consumer protection laws to their employers, the bureau, or any other federal, state or local authority.

The interim rule sets forth the procedures for retaliation complaints, including complaints to OSHA, investigations by OSHA, appeals of OSHA determinations to an ALJ, subsequent review of the ALJ decisions by the Administrative Review Board, and judicial review of final decisions.