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Civil Penalty Amounts Increase

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The Department of Labor (DOL) adjusted its civil penalty amounts for inflation each year. The DOL may assess these penalties on employers that violate federal laws that the DOL enforces including:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act)

The key penalty increases for 2020 include:

  • The maximum penalty for failing to file a Form 550 for an employee benefit plan increases to $2,233 per day.
  • The maximum penalty for violations of the poster requirement under the FMLA increases to $176 per each offense.
  • The maximum penalty for violations of federal minimum wage or overtime requirements increases to $2,050 per violation.

Employers should be aware of the new penalties amounts and review their pay practices, benefit administration, and safety protocols to ensure compliance with federal requirements.

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Clyde Villa

Clyde Villa

Clyde Villa is an advocate for his clients. A public-sector insurance specialist with 20+ years of experience, Clyde is committed to providing high-quality, competitive, and appropriate benefits. He is careful and thorough; making sure policy language protects the employer from liability or grievances. Clyde is a licensed Insurance representative, a registered financial representative with Series 6 and 63 securities licenses and has a Group Benefits Disability Specialist designation (GBDS). He specializes in life, disability, vision, dental, and investment products, for school districts, cities, and counties in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, West Virginia, Ohio, and Virginia.