By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Jan. 23 raised its civil penalty violation fines by just over 1 percent to adjust for inflation.

The increase applies to all DOL agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The maximum “willful” or “repeated” fines increase to $132,598 per violation, from $129,336.

DOL is required to adjust civil penalty levels annually, with the adjustment rates determined by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. See the Federal Register notice.