The maximum penalties for violations of OSHA rules will rise by 78% starting Aug. 1, the Labor Department announced today. The hike implements changes required by Congress' passage last November of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act. That law required agencies to publish "catch up" rules regarding the penalties they impose so that the penalties no longer lose their financial sting because of inflation. For instance, OSHA's maximum penalties haven't changed since 1990.

As Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said:

“Civil penalties should be a credible deterrent that influences behavior far and wide. Adjusting our penalties to keep pace with the cost of living can lead to significant benefits for workers and can level the playing field responsible employers who should not have to compete with those who don’t follow the law.”

For details on what got changed and by how much, visit our story on Remodeling's website.

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