OSHA Announces Penalty Increases for 2017

- According to a January 18 report from OSHA Law Blog, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced its annual penalty increases for 2017.

Under the 2015 Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, OSHA and other regulatory departments are entitled to an annual inflation adjustment which allows them to adjust penalties and fees based upon the Consumer Price Index. On January 18, OSHA published their annual adjustment for 2017, which is marginally over one percent.

The 2017 maximum penalties are as follows:
  • Other-than-Serious: $12,675
  • Serious: $12,675
  • Repeat: $126,749
  • Willful: $126,749
OSHA also released a statement discussing unified action in response to disputes between federal and state labor agencies. “All State Plans must increase their maximum and minimum penalty levels,” OSHA stated. “OSHA will assist State Plans to make these necessary changes occur.”
Read full coverage online here, and find a full text of the rule here.

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