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DOL adjusts civil penalty amounts for inflation

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Washington — OSHA, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, and other Department of Labor agencies have increased civil penalty amounts for violations to adjust for inflation, effective Jan. 15.

The increase is approximately 6.2%.

For OSHA, the maximum penalty for a “willful” or “repeated” violation is $145,027 – up from $136,532. The minimum fine for a willful violation is $10,360. The maximum fine for serious, other-than-serious, failure-to-correct and posting-requirement violations increases to $14,502 from $13,653. Failure-to-correct penalties are charged per day.


MSHA’s maximum penalty for a “flagrant” violation increases to $291,234 from $274,175. Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, DOL is required to adjust civil penalty levels for inflation by Jan. 15 each year. DOL determines yearly adjustment rates via the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers.

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