Increased OSHA Penalties All But Certain In 2016

Law360, New York (November 19, 2015, 3:11 PM EST) -- As a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, employers could be facing significantly higher penalties from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The increased fines could change how employers consider dealing with OSHA citations.

A provision in the budget bill titled the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 will allow OSHA to increase its monetary penalties by almost 80 percent. Unlike other federal agencies, OSHA's penalties have remained the same since 1990 and have not been adjusted for inflation. The catch-up adjustment will be based on the difference between the Consumer Price Index in October...

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