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Increase in Penalties by U.S. Department of Labor Now Effective

Published on January 24, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule that increases the amount of civil penalties assessed or enforced by the Department, adjusted for inflation, which includes penalties assessed by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and other agencies. The increased employer penalty levels began yesterday for employers with any penalties assessed from that date forward for violations which occurred after November 2, 2015.  Companies assessed to have serious or other-than-serious violations will be fined up to a maximum of $13,260.  Violations for repeat or willful violations will be fined up to $132,598 per violation.

More information on the final rule can be found on the Office of the Federal Register website.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/01/23/2019-00089/department-of-labor-federal-civil-penalties-inflation-adjustment-act-annual-adjustments-for-2019

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