|(a) Posting requirements for reporting a violation
of law. In accordance with Health and Safety Code (HSC), §161.134(j)
and §161.135(h), each facility shall prominently and conspicuously
post for display in a public area of the facility that is readily
visible to patients, residents, employees, and visitors a statement
that employees, staff, and nonemployees are protected from discrimination
or retaliation for reporting a violation of law. The statement shall
be in English and in a second language appropriate to the demographic
makeup of the community served.
(b) Discrimination relating to employee reporting a
violation of law. In accordance with HSC, §161.134(a), a facility
may not suspend or terminate the employment of, discipline, or otherwise
discriminate against an employee for reporting to the employee's supervisor,
an administrator of the hospital, a state regulatory agency, or a
law enforcement agency a violation of law, including a violation of
the Act or this chapter.
(c) Retaliation relating to nonemployee reporting a
violation of law. In accordance with HSC, §161.135(a), a facility
may not retaliate against a person who is not an employee for reporting
a violation of law, including a violation of the Act or this chapter.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §510.42 adopted to be effective January 1, 2004, 28 TexReg 5154; transferred effective June 1, 2019, as published in the Texas Register May 17, 2019, 44 TexReg 2469