U.S. DOL Increases Penalties for Employment Law Violations

By Kelsey Basten

Published on January 9, 2018

On Jan. 2, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) increased the monetary penalties for employment law violations to account for inflation, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.

The maximum penalty changes include:

  • Minimum wage and overtime rules increased from $1,925 to $1,964
  • Child labor laws increased from $12,278 to $12,529
  • Anti-retaliation and discrimination laws under visa programs increased from $20,111 to $20,521
  • Workplace injuries or deaths of child workers increased from $55,808 to $56,947
  • Willful replacement of American workers under the H-1B visa program increased from $51,588 to $52,641

These adjustments are effective as of Jan. 2, 2018. The increased penalty levels now apply to any penalties assessed after this date.

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