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OSHA Increases Monetary Penalties for 2021

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Due to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015, federal agencies were required in August 2016 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 as of January 15, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) maximum civil monetary penalty increases are as follows:

  • Other-than-Serious: $13,653
  • Serious: $13,653
  • Repeat: $136,532
  • Willful: $136,532

Click here to review the Federal Register notice and here for OSHA’s penalties website. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at


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