Rules + Regs

OSHA penalties adjusted for inflation

As of Jan. 2, civil penalties for violations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards increased 2 percent to adjust for inflation, according to

In a Federal Register notice, the Department of Labor (DOL) increased civil penalties for various regulated areas, including immigration, wage and hour, child labor and OSHA. Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, DOL can adjust civil penalties for inflation no later than Jan. 15 each year.

According to, DOL raised OSHA fines by 78 percent in August 2016; the increase was the first since 1990. The change was part of the 2016 budget bill and mandated the agency bring its penalty levels in line with the Consumer Price Index and be adjusted accordingly each following year.