The U.S. Department of Labor has increased civil penalties for violations of federal labor laws by an average of two percent for 2018. The increase comes as a response to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, which requires government agencies to adjust maximum penalties for inflation. However, some experts believe the increases are also a reflection of the DOL’s shift in focus from enforcement to prevention.

Minimum-wage, overtime, child labor law, anti-retaliation, and discrimination law violations are the most notable areas effected by the change. The harsher penalties are reserved for more outrageous violations. For example, a workplace injury or death of a child worker can cost $56,947 alone. The willful replacement of American workers with H-1B visa workers can cost you $52,641- a reflection of the current administration’s interest in protecting American workers.

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If you have questions about compliance or believe your employer has committed a violation, please contact the experienced attorneys at Humble Law, LLC to evaluate your matter.

Ashley Posey, Attorney

Ashley Posey, Clerk

Ashley Posey is a Clerk in Humble Law LLC’s Birmingham office. Ashley can be reached via email at or by phone at 205-358-3100.

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