The US Department of Labor recently announced that it is increasing the penalties associated with violations of several employment laws. The penalty increase applies to all penalties assessed after January 2, 2018 for violations that took place after November 2, 2015.
The increase in penalties applies to the following violations, among others:
|Law||Violation Type||Old Maximum Penalty||New Maximum Penalty|
|Family Medical Leave Act||Failure to post required FMLA notices||$166||$169|
|Fair Labor Standards Act||Willful or repeated violations the FLSA minimum wage and/or overtime provisions||$1,925||$1,964|
|Violations of the FLSA child labor law provisions||$12,278||$12,529|
|Violations of the FLSA child labor law provisions that result in serious injury or death||$55,808||$56,947|
|Willful or repeated violations of the FLSA child labor law provisions that result in serious injury or death||$111,616||$113,894|
|Occupational Safety and Health Act||Violations of the OSHA provisions||$12,675||$12,934|
|Willful or repeated violations of the OSHA provisions||$126,749||$129,336|
|Failure to post required OSHA notices||$12,675||$12,934|
|Failure-to-abate violations of the OSHA provisions||$12,675||$12,934|
In addition to the above-listed laws, the DOL also increased the penalties for violations of several other laws, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, among others.
For a complete table of the increased penalties, click here.