The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule that increased the civil penalty amounts that may be imposed on employers under various federal laws. The DOL's final rule implements the 2018 annual adjustments for civil penalties assessed or enforced by the DOL, including penalties under the FLSA, FMLA, OSHA, and ERISA. The increased penalty amounts became effective on January 2, 2018, and may apply for any violations occurring after November 2, 2015.
The final rule increases the civil penalty amounts associated with:
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA) and Employee Benefits
To minimize potential liability, employers should become familiar with the new penalty amounts and review their safety practices, benefit plan, and pay procedures to confirm they are in compliance with federal requirements.
Contact your Friedman Account Executive for additional information.