Just this last Thursday I listed some of the top FLSA issues for 2018. It turns out that as of January 2, 2018, the costs of those violations have gone up.
Published in the Federal Register
The USDOL is required to annually update, due to inflation, the penalties it assesses for violations of regulations. Published on January 2, 2018, in the Federal Register, the DOL has announced that penalties for repeated violations of the FLSA have gone from $1925 to $1964 per violation. This may seem insignificant but given that wage violations generally occur with multiple employees this amount can add up quickly.
Other areas besides wages
This Federal Register announcement also increases all of the fines associated with any violation of a DOL regulation. These include:
- Child labor
- Polygraph use
- OSHA violations
- FMLA violations
- Mine safety violations
All of this is part of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act).
The best way to avoid these increased penalties is to avoid violations of the laws and regulations. Education is the best solution.