OSHA Fines will increase in 2019 due to an inflation adjustment. Safety and Health violations will be costlier for businesses that are found to be not in compliance with applicable OSHA Regulations.
OSHA and other federal agencies were directed to adjust their civil penalties by the BipartisanBudget Act of 2015. The statute featured a provision called the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 to amend the 1990 version of the law to require all agencies covered by the statute to update penalties, which allowed OSHA to increase its fines by up to 78% as of Aug. 1, 2016, and adjust these fines annually to account for inflation.
The new maximum penalties, calculated based on the Consumer Price Index from October 2017 to October 2018, will assess companies $132,598 for each willful and repeat violation, according to a 2019 final rule pre-published by the U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday. Companies found by OSHA to have serious, other-than-serious or posting requirement violations will be fined $13,260 per violation.
The adjusted maximum penalty amounts will take effect upon official publication in the Federal Register.
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