President Barack Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 on
November 2, 2015, which among other things gives the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) the ability to increase the maximum
penalties amounts that it can impose. The new penalties must be in effect by
August 1, 2016.
The federal penalties that are issued when a company violates workplace
safety issues have not been increased to keep pace with inflation. No
increases have been made since 1990. Fines can be imposed with an increase
of as much at 82%. This is based on ensuring the “catch up” will not exceed
the inflation rate from 1990 through 2015 as measured by the Consumer
The way that the provision is written, OSHA fines will, after this initial
“catch up” continue to increase to keep pace with inflation.
Many feel that the increases would be hard to disagree with since there has
not been an increase in 25 years.
Some examples of some current fines and the potential new fines are
- Non-serious violations, serious violations and uncorrected violations could
increase from current maximum of $7,000 to $10,500;
- Willful or repeated violations could increase from $70,000 to $105,000;
- Willful (resulting in death) could increase from $10,000 to $15,000.
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Posted on November 16, 2015
by Elizabeth Carter