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OSHA fines increase and some startling facts about them

When the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 required all federal agencies with civil monetary penalties covered by the statute, such as OSHA, to update their fines, there was also a mandate for annual increases based on the Consumer Price Index(CPI). Effective January 13, 2017, there was a one percent increase, raising the maximum fine faced by employers for willful and repeat violations to $126,749 and $12,675 for serious and other-than-serious citations.

Additionally, in response to criticism from the North Carolina Department of Labor and the Kentucky Labor Department, it was clarified that State Plans are expected to increase their maximum penalty amounts to align with the federal rates.

Some startling facts

Source Conn, Maciel Carey PLLC webinar, Top 5 OSHA Issues to Track in 2017