Department of Labor Increases Labor Penalties for 2018

 

While the Department of Labor is still waiting for the administration to fill a number of positions, it did not wait to announce an increase in penalties for employment law violations, and it is still enforcing federal labor laws.  Most employers will see penalties increase at 2%, as federal law requires agencies to adjust civil monetary penalties annually for inflation.

The new penalties will be as follows:

  • The maximum penalty for violating minimum wage and overtime rules has increased from $1,925 to $1,964.
  • Maximum penalties for violating child labor laws has increased from $12,278 to $12,529.
  • Maximum penalties for violating anti-retaliation and discrimination laws under visa programs has increased from $20,111 to $20,521.
  • Maximum penalties for workplace injuries or deaths of child workers has increased from $55,808 to $56,947.
  • Maximum penalties for the willful replacement of American workers under the H-1B visa program has increased from $51,588 to $52,641.