New Penalties for OSHA Violations

January 5, 2018

On Jan. 2, 2018, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) published new inflation-adjusted penalty amounts for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), and Family And Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) violations. The increases are pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 which requires certain divisions of the DOL to annually increase monetary civil fines to meet inflation.  The tables below outline new relevant penalty amounts.


2018 penalty rates are applicable to OSHA violations occurring after Jan. 12, 2018. States that operate their own OSHA Plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as high as Federal OSHA’s.




The full list of penalty increases can be accessed here.

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