OSHA is raising its fines. For the first time since 1990, OSHA fines
will increase under the recently passed budget deal. The exact amount
has not yet been determined but OSHA will have the option for a
substantial, one-time increase, as much as 50 percent.
subsequent years, the fines can automatically adjust based on the
Consumer Price Index (CPI). These adjusted fines are slated to become
effective as early as August 1, 2016.
This was included in HR 1314,
the Bipartisan Budget Act, passed November 2. OSHA will now work with
the Office of Management and Budget to finalize the new fines.
But for some good news, the Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its 2014 report. Employers reported nearly 54,000 fewer nonfatal injury and illness cases than 2013.