Thursday, February 17, 2011

Maryland Health Care Worker Whistelblower Protection Act

   Maryland has a special lawthat protects health care workers from retaliation.  The Maryland Health Care Worker Whistleblower Protection Act protects an employee from retaliation if he or she discloses to a supervisor or board an activity that is in violation of a law, rule, or regulation.  

  The health care worker must believe in good faith that the activity poses a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.  The health care must make his or her report in writing or follow the employer's compliance policy.

   In a recent case, the Maryland Court of Appeals (our highest court) ruled that the Act may protect a health care worker even if he or she only made an "internal" complaint to a supervisor.

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