OSHA raises penalties for 2021

Changes take effect January 15

Posted January 18, 2021

OSHA, along with other Department of Labor (DOL) agencies, will see an increase in penalties in 2021. The DOL released a pre-publication version of its final rule revising civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in the regulations for 2021.
 OSHA's adjusted penalties for 2021 are shown in the following table. They take effect January 15 and apply to any penalties assessed after that date.


Regulation

Type of violation

Penalty amounts – 2020

Penalty amounts – 2021

§1903.15(d)(1)

Willful violation, minimum

$9,639

$9,753

§1903.15(d)(1)

Willful violation, maximum

$134,937

$136,532

§1903.15(d)(2)

Repeated violation

$134,937

$136,532

§1903.15(d)(3)

Serious violation

$13,494

$13,653

§1903.15(d)(4)

Other-than-serious violation

$13,494

$13,653

§1903.15(d)(5)

Failure to correct violation

$13,494

$13,653

§1903.15(d)(6)

Posting requirement violation

$13,494

$13,653

The Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015 requires the DOL to adjust its assessed penalty levels no later than January 15 of each year.

This article was written by Rachel Krubsack of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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