The United States Department of Labor has adjusted penalties for its agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA's maximum penalties have increased by 78%.

Any new citations issued by OSHA after August 1, 2016, will be subject to the new penalties if the related violations occurred after November 2, 2015.

Type of Violation:                Serious
Posting Requirements

Old Maximum Penalty:       $7,000 per violation
New Maximum Penalty:      $12,471 per violation

Type of Violation:               Failure to Abate
Old Maximum Penalty:        $7,000 per day beyond the abatement date
New Maximum Penalty: $12,471 per day beyond the abatement date

Type of Violation:                Willful or Repeated          
Old Maximum Penalty:       $70,000 per violation
New Maximum Penalty:      $124,709 per violation

State Plan States:

States that operate their own Occupational Safety and Health Plans, such as California, are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA's.

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