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OSHA Raises Fines for 2020

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February 7, 2020

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has raised its civil penalties for the fifth year in a row.

The increase this year was just under 2% and represents annual inflation adjustments, as required by the Inflation Adjustment Act. The new penalty amounts take effect immediately.

Among the changes:

  • Maximum penalties for serious, other than serious, failure to correct and posting requirement violations increased from $13,260 to $13,494
  • Minimum penalties for willful violations, in which an employer knowingly failed to comply with an OSHA standard or demonstrated a plain indifference to employee safety, increased from $9,472 to $9,639. Maximum penalties increased from $132,598 to $134,937
  • Maximum penalty for a repeated violation after citation increased from $132,598 to $134,937

The Barley Snyder Employment Practice Group regularly provides advice to employers regarding OSHA and employee safety. Please contact me or any member of the employment law group for assistance.


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