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OSHA Monetary Penalties Increase for 2019

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Due to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015, in August 2016 federal agencies were required to institute upfront “catch up” amounts to bring civil monetary penalties up to present day adjustments since many penalties had been at levels set in 1990. The new law also requires those agencies moving forward to tie the penalty amounts to “inflation each year based on the Consumer Price Index.”

Effective once the government shutdown ends and the Department of Labor officially publishes the changes in the Federal Register, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) maximum civil monetary penalty increases are as follows:

• Other-than-Serious: $13,260

• Serious: $13,260

• Repeat : $132,598

• Willful: $132,598

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