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Cal/OSHA Employment Posting Penalty Increases

Department of Labor raises posting penalties:


Posted January 20, 2020 The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced its annual posting penalty increase, and potential fines will go up by more than $600. The department outlined the increases in a rule published in the federal register on January 15. They apply to penalties assessed after January 15, 2020.


The new maximum fine amounts are:

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): $176

Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law (OSHA): $13,494

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA): $21,410


While in reality a fine for failure to display a poster is rare, the penalties are part of the law. A fine would likely only be levied in situations where an employer willfully violated the law. However, the fact that the DOL is meticulous in adjusting the maximum penalties each year shows that the agency takes posting compliance seriously. Employers can stay in compliance by conspicuously displaying up-to-date employment law posters in areas where employees are likely to view them.


One more increase on the way: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will also be increasing the potential penalty for posting violations related to the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law posting. The agency should be releasing its penalty increase within the next few weeks.


Compliance guarantee: The FMLA, EPPA, Job Safety and Health, and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law postings are included on the all-in-one posters from J. J. Keller and Associates, Inc. If a mandatory posting change occurs, Update Service subscribers receive a new poster. See here for current updates by state.


Posting Penalty Summary


Posting Name 2019 fine 2020 fine

Family and Medical Leave Act $173 $176

Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law $13,260 $13,494

Employee Polygraph Protection Act $21,039 $21,410

EEO is the Law $559 $559 (increase pending)

Total $35,031 $35,639


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