Nothing says freedom like an increase in civil penalties. In preparation for Independence Day, the DOL announced increases to civil penalties for violations of a number of federal law including OSHA and the FLSA. Specifically, the DOL will be increasing civil penalties for willful violations of the FLSA minimum wage and overtime provisions. Those penalties will increase from $1,100 to $1,894.
If you are interested, a list of of each agency’s individual penalty adjustments is available here.
The takeaway here is that if you have not yet begun to prepare for the new overtime rules, set to go into effect on December 1, 2016, you are quickly running out of time. Several groups have made attempts to stop these new rules, and several groups have failed. The changes to the overtime rules are coming.