Employers violating Department of Labor (DOL) regulations, including employee benefit, wage and hour, mine safety, occupational safety and health, and workers' compensation rules, could face stiffer penalties in 2022, thanks to inflation adjustments. For violations occurring after November 2, 2015, higher rates apply to penalties assessed after Jan. 15, 2022. DOL rarely assesses the maximum penalty, and often abates, reduces, or waives penalties for failures due to reasonable cause.
2022 adjustments for health and welfare benefits. The annual increase for 2022 is 6%. The following chart shows the 2022 and 2021 maximum (and in some cases, minimum) penalties for certain health and welfare plan violations assessed after Jan. 15.
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