By James L. Curtis, Daniel R. Birnbaum, Adam R. Young, Kay R. Bonza, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The DOL has published its 2020 increases to OSHA civil penalties.

We have blogged previously about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) annual adjustments to the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for OSHA violations. The DOL has now finalized the 2020 inflation adjustments, which again nudge the penalties even higher.  85 Fed. Reg. 2292 (Jan. 15, 2020).

Under the 2020 rule, the new maximum OSHA civil penalties will be:

2019 Penalties 2020 Penalties
Other than Serious Violations: $13,260 $13,494
Serious Violations: $13,260 $13,494
Repeat Violations: $132,598 $134,937
Willful Violations: $132,598 $134,937
Failure to Abate (Per Day): $13,260 $13,494

The new OSHA penalty amounts are applicable to OSHA citations issued after January 15, 2020, for violations occurring after July 15, 2019.

Going forward, DOL is required to continue to adjust maximum OSHA penalties for inflation by January 15 of each new year.

For more information on this or any related topic please contact the authors, your Seyfarth attorney, or any member of the Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA/MSHA) Team.