The Dept. of Labor (DOL) Announces Civil Penalty Adjustments for 2019

On Jan. 23, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published the annual penalty adjustments for each agency, including OSHA, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act. The Inflation Adjustment Act requires the Department to annually adjust its civil money penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15 of each year. The new penalty levels will apply to penalties assessed after January 23, 2019.  The new penalties amount to an increase of approximately 2.5% over the 2018 penalty levels. The table below shows the new maximum penalties for OSHA.

Type of Violation New Maximum
§ Serious
§ Other-Than-Serious
§ Posting Requirements
$13,260 per violation
Willful or Repeated $132,598 per violation
Failure to Abate $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date

For more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703)837-5410 or [email protected].

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