Under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act of 2015, OSHA penalties will undergo annual inflation adjustments beginning on January 15, 2017. A one-time “catch up adjustment”, however, must be announced by the agency by July 1, 2016. This “catch up adjustment” will take effect no later than August 1, 2016. The purpose of this one-time “catch up adjustment” is to make inflation adjustments since the last increase in OSHA fines in 1990.
Many experts are predicting that the “catch up adjustment” could mean an 80% increase in OSHA penalties effective August 1. The following shows how such an increase would affect the current maximum penalties: