Labor Department increases monetary penalties for violations

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R. Alexander Acosta
R. Alexander Acosta

The Department of Labor issued a final rule Tuesday that details increases in civil monetary penalties due to inflation, as required by federal law.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration penalties for serious, other-than-serious, posting requirement or failure-to-abate violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act increased $259 to $12,934 per violation. Penalties for willful or repeated violations increased $2,587 to $129,336 per violation.

The maximum penalty for violating minimum wage and overtime rules increased $39 to $1,964.

The revised amounts apply to any citations issued from Jan. 2 through the end of the year.

Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta signed off on the amounts Dec. 22.

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