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Up, Up and Away: Employment Posting Penalties Take a Huge Jump

Employers face higher penalties for noncompliant labor law postings under the 2015 Inflation Adjustment Act.

Rising Penalties For Noncompliant Workplace Labor Law Postings

Are your workplace employment postings complete and current? If the answer is anything but “yes,” be aware that the financial risk is greater than ever.

Under the 2015 Inflation Adjustment Act passed by Congress, all federal agencies have bumped up the civil penalties to account for inflation. In fact, penalties for neglecting to display certain workplace posting requirements have more than doubled. As a result, businesses need to be absolutely certain their workplace postings are compliant to avoid penalties.

The posting fines have increased as follows:

FMLA posting fine increase – from $110 to $163, effective August 1, 2016
EEOC posting fine increase – from $210 to $525, effective July 5, 2016
EPA posting fine increase – from $10,000 to $19,787, effective August 1, 2016
OSHA posting fine increase – from $7,000 to $12,471, effective August 1, 2016

Total cost of fines = $32,946 (a 110% increase!)

The new penalties apply to any violations on and beyond the effective date. Because the penalties haven’t changed in decades in certain cases (since 1990 for OSHA), this year’s adjustment was especially steep.

This isn’t the last of these increases, though. Beyond this initial “catch-up” adjustment, the 2015 law requires the EEOC, Department of Labor and other federal agencies to adjust their penalties annually to keep pace with inflation.

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