WASHINGTON (July 5, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Labor has issued an interim final rule raising penalties for violations of all its regulations.
Effective Aug. 1, the new rule covers adjustments for inflation on all civil monetary penalties for all Labor Department agencies, as required by passage of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, according to the document published in the July 1 Federal Register.
Agencies covered by the rule include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Employment and Training Administration, the Office of the Secretary, the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, the Wage and Hour Division, the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
The inflation adjustment law passed in November 2015 as part of the bipartisan budget bill requires Labor to publish a “catch-up” interim final rule to make adjustments to agency penalties, according to the Federal Register document.
Among other things, the new rule nearly doubles the per-day penalties for serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the document said.
Employers who are cited for OSHA violations have for many years been assessed civil penalties of $7,000 per day for each such violation, it said. After applying the inflation adjustment factor included in the rule, the penalty amounts will be $12,471 from Aug. 1 on, it said.
The 33-page Federal Register document includes relevant penalty calculation tables for all agencies of the Labor Department. It may be found by clicking here.
Interested parties have until Aug. 15 to submit written comments on the rule.