Labor Laws for Workers in Transportation Industries

Some of the labor laws are general to employees of all sectors; and some of the labor laws are specific to a particular industry. Few labor laws that transportation industry employees must know are placed below:

Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA)
This law gives the protection for the employees of railroad contractors and carriers, subcontractors of those carriers who complain about alleged violation of any of the federal laws, rules or regulations that are associated with rail road security or safety or gross fraud, waste or other public fund that is supposed to be used for rail road security or safety, etc. They are disciplined for requesting first-aid treatment or medical or treatment plan of a treating physician etc. Apart from this, this law also protects the employees from various other issues. It has 180 days’ time for filing the complaint, from the date of violation of the act.

International Safe Container Act (ISCA)
It has 60 days’ time for filing the complaint from the date of violation of this Act. It gives the retaliation protection for those employees who complain about the violation of this law that regulates shipping of containers.

National Transit Systems Security Act (NTSSA)
NTSSA gives protection for the public transportation employees. It is one of the other things for reporting an alleged violation of any of the federal laws or rules or regulations relevant to public transportation agency’s safety or security or abuse of grants or fraud waste. The report can include hazardous security or safety conditions, etc. According to this act, 180 days’ time will be there for filing the complaint, from the time, the act has been violated.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)
It prohibits counter Act by motor vehicle part dealerships, suppliers and manufacturers against employees for giving the information to the Department of Transportation or the employer about the noncompliance of vehicles, defects or the violations of the reporting requirements implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, etc. This Act gives 180 days for lodging the complaint.

Seaman’s Protection Act (SPA)
One of the provisions made in this act is that it protects from reporting to coast guard or other federal agency a reasonably believed violation of maritime safety regulation or law prescribed under that law. It also protects the employees in many ways. For this, employees have to complaint to the OSHA within 180 days from the date of alleged violation of the act.

Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (PSIA)
As an employee, you need to complain within 180 days of time from the time of violation of this Act. It gives you the retaliation protection, when you report about the violation of federal laws that are associated with pipeline security and safety or about who refuse to violate such conditions.

Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21)
It gives the counter Act protection for the workers of air carriers, contractors or subcontractors of those carriers, who among the others raise the safety interests. You have 90 days from the time of violation to complain about the same.

Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA)
Here, the truck drivers and other employees related to safety of commercial motor vehicles are protected with counter Act protection, only if the complaint is made within 180 days from the time of happening of the incident.

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