As of August 1, 2016, new maximum civil penalties are in place according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Announced June 30, 2016, the US Department of Labor unveiled an interim final rule showcasing an increase in civil penalties that can lead to additional penalties under the Longshore & Harbor workers Compensation Act (USL&H), and its extensions the Defense Base Act (DBA), the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), and non appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (NAFIA).
These penalties were exempt from the prior inflation adjustment act, so the agency’s penalties have not increased since 1990. By applying the 2015 Inflation Adjustment Act for the first time, Congress effectively directed DOL to account for more than 35 years of missed inflation adjustments in one step. Accordingly, adjusting for inflation now results in a substantial increase in one step!