Employee claims of retaliation have risen steadily on a year-to-year basis and recent government statistics suggest this is a continuing trend. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), which enforces 22 separate federal whistleblower statutes, has issued updated statistics showing the number of whistleblower cases filed with the agency and their outcome. According to the report, OSHA completed a total of 2,769 cases in 2012, a significant increase from the 1,948 completions in 2011. This continues an upward trend going back several years. The number of complaint “determinations” in 2012 was 2,867, a 42 percent increase from the 2,013 “determinations” in 2011. More information is here.