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March 2020: DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2020

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DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2020

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently released its 2020 inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties that may be assessed on employers for violations of a wide range of federal laws, including:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA);
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA);
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); and
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
To maintain their deterrent effect, the DOL is required to adjust these penalties for inflation no later than Jan. 15 of each year. Key penalty increases include the following:
  • The maximum penalty for violations of federal minimum wage or overtime requirements increases from $2,014 to $2,050 per violation.
  • The maximum penalty for failing to file a Form 5500 for an employee benefit plan increases from $2,194 to $2,233 per day.
  • The maximum penalty for violations of the poster requirement under the FMLA increases from $173 to $176 per each offense.
Employers should become familiar with the new penalty amounts and review their pay practices, benefit plan administration and safety protocols to ensure compliance with federal requirements.

Additional articles from the March 2020 Employee Benefits Newsletter:

  1. Families First Coronavirus Response Act Signed into Law
  2. Employers Must Begin Using New Form I-9 by May 1
  3. Helping Employees Embrace Workplace Change

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