Department of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2021, 2964-2973 [2021-00018]

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[FR Doc. 2021–00807 Filed 1–12–21; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration 20 CFR Part 655 Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs 20 CFR Parts 702, 725, and 726 Wage and Hour Division 29 CFR Parts 500, 501, 503, 530, 570, 578, 579, 801, and 825 Occupational Safety and Health Administration Preamble Table of Contents 29 CFR Part 1903 Mine Safety and Health Administration 30 CFR Part 100 RIN 1290–AA41 Department of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Annual Adjustments for 2021 Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Office of the Secretary, Wage and Hour Division, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Mine Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor. ACTION: Final rule. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this final SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:22 Jan 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Department, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Inflation Adjustment Act). The Inflation Adjustment Act requires the Department to annually adjust its civil money penalty levels for inflation no later than January 15 of each year. The Inflation Adjustment Act provides that agencies shall adjust civil monetary penalties notwithstanding Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Additionally, the Inflation Adjustment Act provides a cost-of-living formula for adjustment of the civil penalties. Accordingly, this final rule sets forth the Department’s 2021 annual adjustments for inflation to its civil monetary penalties. DATES: This final rule is effective on January 15, 2021. As provided by the Inflation Adjustment Act, the increased penalty levels apply to any penalties assessed after January 15, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin FitzGerald, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S–2312, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–5076 (this is not a toll-free number). Copies of this final rule may be obtained in alternative formats (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc), upon request, by calling (202) 693–5959 (this is not a tollfree number). TTY/TDD callers may dial toll-free 1–877–889–5627 to obtain information or request materials in alternative formats. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background II. Adjustment for 2021 III. Paperwork Reduction Act IV. Administrative Procedure Act V. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review, Executive Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, and Executive Order 13771: Reducing Regulations and Controlling Regulatory Costs VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act and Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act VII. Other Regulatory Considerations A. The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 B. Executive Order 13132: Federalism C. Executive Order 13175: Indian Tribal Governments D. The Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 1999: Assessment of Federal Regulations and Policies on Families E. Executive Order 13045: Protection of Children From Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 F. Environmental Impact Assessment G. Executive Order 13211: Energy Supply H. Executive Order 12630: Constitutionally Protected Property Rights I. Executive Order 12988: Civil Justice Reform Analysis I. Background On November 2, 2015, Congress enacted the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, Public Law 114–74, sec. 701 (Inflation Adjustment Act), which further amended the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as previously amended by the 1996 Debt Collection Improvement Act (collectively, the ‘‘Prior Inflation Adjustment Act’’), to improve the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties and to maintain their deterrent effect. The Inflation Adjustment Act required agencies to (1) adjust the level of civil monetary penalties with an initial ‘‘catch-up’’ adjustment through an interim final rule (IFR); and (2) make subsequent annual adjustments for inflation no later than January 15 of each year. On July 1, 2016, the Department published an IFR that established the initial catch-up adjustment for most civil penalties that the Department administers and requested comments. See 81 FR 43430 (DOL IFR). On January 18, 2017, the Department published the final rule establishing the 2017 Annual Adjustment for those civil monetary penalties adjusted in the DOL IFR. See 82 FR 5373 (DOL 2017 Annual Adjustment). On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) (collectively, ‘‘the Departments’’) jointly published an IFR that established the initial catch-up adjustment for civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced in connection with the employment of temporary nonimmigrant workers under the H–2B program. See 81 FR 42983 (Joint IFR). On March 17, 2017, the Departments jointly published the final rule establishing the 2017 Annual Adjustment for the H–2B civil monetary penalties. See 82 FR 14147 (Joint 2017 Annual Adjustment). The Joint 2017 Annual Adjustment also explained that DOL would make future adjustments to the H–2B civil monetary penalties consistent with DOL’s delegated authority under 8 U.S.C. 1184(c)(14), Immigration and Nationality Act section 214(c)(14), and the Inflation Adjustment Act. See 82 FR 14147–48. On January 2, 2018, the Department published the final rule establishing the 2018 Annual Adjustment for civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Department, including H–2B civil monetary E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 9 / Thursday, January 14, 2021 / Rules and Regulations penalties. See 83 FR 7 (DOL 2018 Annual Adjustment). On January 23, 2019, the Department published the final rule establishing the 2019 Annual Adjustment for civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Department, including H–2B civil monetary penalties. See 84 FR 213 (DOL 2019 Annual Adjustment). On January 15, 2020, the Department published the final rule establishing the 2020 Annual Adjustment for civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Department, including H–2B civil monetary penalties. See 85 FR 2292 (DOL 2020 Annual Adjustment). This rule implements the 2021 annual inflation adjustments, as required by the Inflation Adjustment Act, for civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Department, including H–2B civil monetary penalties.1 The Inflation Adjustment Act provides that the increased penalty levels apply to any penalties assessed after the effective date of the increase. Pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment Act, this final rule is published notwithstanding Section 553 of the APA. This rule is not an Executive Order 13771 regulatory action because this rule is not significant under Executive Order 12866. Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this rule as not a ‘major rule,’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). II. Adjustment for 2020 The Department has undertaken a thorough review of civil penalties administered by its various components pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment Act and in accordance with guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget.2 The Department first identified the most recent penalty amount, which is the amount established by the 2020 annual adjustment as set forth in the DOL 2020 Annual Adjustment published on January 15, 2020. The Department is required to calculate the annual adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI–U). Annual inflation adjustments are based on the percent change between the October CPI–U 2965 preceding the date of the adjustment, and the prior year’s October CPI–U; in this case, the percent change between the October 2020 CPI–U and the October 2019 CPI–U. The cost-of-living adjustment multiplier for 2021, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI–U) for the month of October 2020, not seasonally adjusted, is 1.01182.3 In order to compute the 2021 annual adjustment, the Department multiplied the most recent penalty amount for each applicable penalty by the multiplier, 1.01182, and rounded to the nearest dollar. This resulted in increases to all but four of the penalties administered by the Department, as set forth in the Appendix. As provided by the Inflation Adjustment Act, the increased penalty levels apply to any penalties assessed after the effective date of this rule.4 Accordingly, for penalties assessed after January 15, 2021, whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015, the higher penalty amounts outlined in this rule will apply. The tables below demonstrate the penalty amounts that apply: CIVIL MONETARY PENALTIES FOR THE H–2B TEMPORARY NON-AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROGRAM Violations occurring Penalty assessed On or before November 2, 2015 ...................................... On or before November 2, 2015 ...................................... After November 2, 2015 ................................................... After November 2, 2015 ................................................... After November 2, 2015 ................................................... On or before August 1, 2016 .......................................... After August 1, 2016 ....................................................... After August 1, 2016, but on or before March 17, 2017 After March 17, 2017 but on or before January 2, 2018 After January 2, 2018 but on or before January 23, 2019. After January 23, 2019 but on or before January 15, 2020. After January 15, 2020 but on or before January 15, 2021. After January 15, 2021 ................................................... After November 2, 2015 ................................................... After November 2, 2015 ................................................... After November 2, 2015 ................................................... Which penalty level applies Pre-August 1, 2016 levels. Pre-August 1, 2016 levels. August 1, 2016 levels. March 17, 2017 levels. January 2, 2018 levels. January 23, 2019 levels. January 15, 2020 levels. January 15, 2021 levels. CIVIL MONETARY PENALTIES FOR OTHER DOL PROGRAMS Violations occurring Penalty assessed On or before November 2, 2015 ...................................... On or before November 2, 2015 ...................................... After November 2, 2015 ................................................... On or before August 1, 2016 .......................................... After August 1, 2016 ....................................................... After August 1, 2016, but on or before January 13, 2017. After January 13, 2017 but on or before January 2, 2018. After January 2, 2018 but on or before January 23, 2019. After January 23, 2019 but on or before January 15, 2020. After January 15, 2020 but on or before January 15, 2021. After November 2, 2015 ................................................... After November 2, 2015 ................................................... After November 2, 2015 ................................................... khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES After November 2, 2015 ................................................... 1 The Department is also responsible for administering and enforcing a newly-enacted civil monetary penalty under the Fair Labor Standards Act (see Public Law 115–141, section 1201 (2018)) and proposed regulations that would codify this civil monetary penalty in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) on October 8, 2019. See Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:22 Jan 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 (FLSA), 84 FR 53956 (proposed Oct. 8, 2019). On December 30, 2020, the Department published a final rule that codifies this civil monetary penalty, adjusted for inflation pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment Act, in the CFR, to be effective on March 1, 2021. 2 M–21–10, Implementation of Penalty Inflation Adjustments for 2021, Pursuant to the Federal Civil PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Which penalty level applies Pre-August 1, 2016 levels. Pre-August 1, 2016 levels. August 1, 2016 levels. January 13, 2017 levels. January 2, 2018 levels. January 23, 2019 levels. January 15, 2020 levels. Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Dec. 23, 2020). 3 OMB provided the year-over-year multiplier, rounded to 5 decimal points. Id. at 1. 4 Appendix 1 consists of a table that provides ready access to key information about each penalty. E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 2966 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 9 / Thursday, January 14, 2021 / Rules and Regulations CIVIL MONETARY PENALTIES FOR OTHER DOL PROGRAMS—Continued Violations occurring Penalty assessed After November 2, 2015 ................................................... After January 15, 2021 ................................................... III. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507(d)) requires that the Department consider the impact of paperwork and other information collection burdens imposed on the public. The Department has determined that this final rule does not require any collection of information. IV. Administrative Procedure Act The Inflation Adjustment Act provides that agencies shall annually adjust civil monetary penalties for inflation notwithstanding section 553 of the APA. Additionally, the Inflation Adjustment Act provides a nondiscretionary cost-of-living formula for annual adjustment of the civil monetary penalties. For these reasons, the requirements in sections 553(b), (c), and (d) of the APA, relating to notice and comment and requiring that a rule be effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, are inapplicable. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES V. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review and Executive Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review Executive Order 12866 requires that regulatory agencies assess both the costs and benefits of significant regulatory actions. Under the Executive Order, a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ is one meeting any of a number of specified conditions, including the following: Having an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; creating a serious inconsistency or interfering with an action of another agency; materially altering the budgetary impact of entitlements or the rights of entitlement recipients; or raising novel legal or policy issues. The Department has determined that this final rule is not a ‘‘significant’’ regulatory action and a cost-benefit and economic analysis is not required. This regulation merely adjusts civil monetary penalties in accordance with inflation as required by the Inflation Adjustment Act, and has no impact on disclosure or compliance costs. The benefit provided by the inflationary adjustment to the maximum civil monetary penalties is that of maintaining the incentive for the regulated community to comply with the laws enforced by the Department, and not allowing the incentive to be diminished by inflation. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:22 Jan 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 Executive Order 13563 directs agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Executive Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, reducing costs, harmonizing rules, and promoting flexibility to minimize burden. The Inflation Adjustment Act directed the Department to issue the annual adjustments without regard to section 553 of the APA. In that context, Congress has already determined that any possible increase in costs is justified by the overall benefits of such adjustments. This final rule makes only the statutory changes outlined herein; thus there are no alternatives or further analysis required by Executive Order 13563. VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act and Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq. (RFA), imposes certain requirements on Federal agency rules that are subject to the notice and comment requirements of the APA, 5 U.S.C. 553(b). This final rule is exempt from the requirements of the APA because the Inflation Adjustment Act directed the Department to issue the annual adjustments without regard to section 553 of the APA. Therefore, the requirements of the RFA applicable to notices of proposed rulemaking, 5 U.S.C. 603, do not apply to this rule. Accordingly, the Department is not required to either certify that the final rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities or conduct a regulatory flexibility analysis. VII. Other Regulatory Considerations A. The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1531–1538, requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a state, local, or tribal government, in the PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Which penalty level applies January 15, 2021 levels. aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more in any one year. This Final Rule will not result in such an expenditure. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995. B. Executive Order 13132: Federalism Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) (29 U.S.C. 667) requires Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-approved State Plans to have standards and an enforcement program that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA’s standards and enforcement program. OSHA-approved State Plans must have maximum and minimum penalty levels that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA’s, per section 18(c)(2) of the OSH Act. See also 29 CFR 1902.4(c)(2)(xi); 1902.37(b)(12). State Plans are required to increase their penalties in alignment with OSHA’s penalty increases to maintain at least as effective penalty levels. State Plans are not required to impose monetary penalties on state and local government employers. See § 1956.11(c)(2)(x). Five (5) states and one territory have State Plans that cover only state and local government employees: Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, New York, and the Virgin Islands. Therefore, the requirements to increase the penalty levels do not apply to these State Plans. Twenty-one states and one U.S. territory have State Plans that cover both private sector employees and state and local government employees: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. They must increase their penalties for privatesector employers. Other than as listed above, this final rule does not have federalism implications because it does not have substantial direct effects on the states, on the relationship between the national government and the states, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Accordingly, Executive Order 13132, Federalism, E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 2967 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 9 / Thursday, January 14, 2021 / Rules and Regulations requires no further agency action or analysis. requirements, Surety bonds, Watches and jewelry. C. Executive Order 13175: Indian Tribal Governments 29 CFR Part 570 Child labor, Law enforcement, Penalties. This final rule does not have ‘‘tribal implications’’ because it does not have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. Accordingly, Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, requires no further agency action or analysis. List of Subjects 20 CFR Part 655 Immigration, Labor, Penalties. 20 CFR Part 702 Administrative practice and procedure, Longshore and harbor workers, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Workers’ compensation. 20 CFR Part 725 20 CFR Part 726 Administrative practice and procedure, Black lung benefits, Coal miners, Mines, Penalties. 29 CFR Part 501 Administrative practice and procedure, Agriculture, Aliens, Employment, Housing, Housing standards, Immigration, Labor, Migrant labor, Penalties, Transportation, Wages. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES 29 CFR Part 503 Administrative practice and procedure, Aliens, Employment, Housing, Immigration, Labor, Penalties, Transportation, Wages. 23:42 Jan 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 29 CFR Part 825 Administrative practice and procedure, Airmen, Employee benefit plans, Health, Health insurance, Labor management relations, Maternal and child health, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Teachers. 29 CFR Part 1903 Intergovernmental relations, Law enforcement, Occupational Safety and Health, Penalties. § § 655.620, 655.801, and 655.810 [Amended] 2. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left column, remove the dollar amount indicated in the middle column from wherever it appears in the paragraph and add in its place the dollar amount indicated in the right column. ■ Paragraph § 655.620(a) ........................ § 655.801(b) ........................ § 655.810(b)(1) introductory text ................................... § 655.810(b)(2) introductory text ................................... § 655.810(b)(3) introductory text ................................... Remove Add $9,639 7,846 $9,753 7,939 1,928 1,951 7,846 7,939 54,921 55,570 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Administrative practice and procedure, Aliens, Housing, Insurance, Intergovernmental relations, Investigations, Migrant labor, Motor vehicle safety, Occupational safety and health, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Wages, Whistleblowing. VerDate Sep<11>2014 29 CFR Part 801 Administrative practice and procedure, Employment, Lie detector tests, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR 29 CFR Part 500 Administrative practice and procedure, Clothing, Homeworkers, Indians-arts and crafts, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping 29 CFR Part 579 Child labor, Penalties. 30 CFR Part 100 Mine safety and health, Penalties. For the reasons set out in the preamble, 20 CFR chapters V and VI, 29 CFR chapters V and XVII, and 30 CFR chapter I are amended as follows: Administrative practice and procedure, Black lung benefits, Coal miners, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. 29 CFR Part 530 29 CFR Part 578 Penalties, Wages. Subpart E issued under 48 U.S.C. 1806 Subparts F and G issued under 8 U.S.C. 1288(c) and (d); sec. 323(c), Pub. L. 103–206, 107 Stat. 2428; and 28 U.S.C. 2461 note, Pub. L. 114–74 at section 701. Subparts H and I issued under 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) and (b)(1), 1182(n), (p) and (t), and 1184(g) and (j); sec. 303(a)(8), Pub. L. 102–232, 105 Stat. 1733, 1748 (8 U.S.C. 1101 note); sec. 412(e), Pub. L. 105– 277, 112 Stat. 2681; 8 CFR 214.2(h); and 28 U.S.C. 2461 note, Pub. L. 114–74 at section 701. Subparts L and M issued under 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(c) and 1182(m); sec. 2(d), Pub. L. 106–95, 113 Stat. 1312, 1316 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note); Pub. L. 109–423, 120 Stat. 2900; and 8 CFR 214.2(h). Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Title 20—Employees’ Benefits PART 655—TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN WORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES PART 702—ADMINISTRATION AND PROCEDURE 1. The authority citation for part 655 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Section 655.0 issued under 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(E)(iii), 1101(a)(15)(H)(i) and (ii), 8 U.S.C. 1103(a)(6), 1182(m), (n), (p) and (t), 1184(c), (g), and (j), 1188, and 1288(c) and (d); sec. 3(c)(1), Pub. L. 101–238, 103 Stat. 2099, 2102 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note); sec. 221(a), Pub. L. 101–649, 104 Stat. 4978, 5027 (8 U.S.C. 1184 note); sec. 303(a)(8), Pub. L. 102– 232, 105 Stat. 1733, 1748 (8 U.S.C. 1101 note); sec. 323(c), Pub. L. 103–206, 107 Stat. 2428; sec. 412(e), Pub. L. 105–277, 112 Stat. 2681 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note); sec. 2(d), Pub. L. 106–95, 113 Stat. 1312, 1316 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note); 29 U.S.C. 49k; Pub. L. 107–296, 116 Stat. 2135, as amended; Pub. L. 109–423, 120 Stat. 2900; 8 CFR 214.2(h)(4)(i); and 8 CFR 214.2(h)(6)(iii); and sec. 6, Pub. L. 115–128, 132 Stat. 1547 (48 U.S.C. 1806). Subpart A issued under 8 CFR 214.2(h). Subpart B issued under 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 1184(c), and 1188; and 8 CFR 214.2(h). Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301, and 8171 et seq.; 33 U.S.C. 901 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 1651 et seq.; 43 U.S.C. 1333; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at sec. 701; Reorganization Plan No. 6 of 1950, 15 FR 3174, 64 Stat. 1263; Secretary’s Order 10– 2009, 74 FR 58834. ■ PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 3. The authority citation for part 702 continues to read as follows: § § 702.204, 702.236, and 702.271 [Amended] 4. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left column, remove the dollar amount or date indicated in the middle column from wherever it appears in the section or paragraph and add in its place the dollar amount or date indicated in the right column. ■ E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 2968 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 9 / Thursday, January 14, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Section/paragraph Remove § 702.204 ............................................................................... § 702.204 ............................................................................... § 702.236 ............................................................................... § 702.236 ............................................................................... § 702.271(a)(2) ...................................................................... § 702.271(a)(2) ...................................................................... § 702.271(a)(2) ...................................................................... $24,441 ................................................................................ January 15, 2020 ................................................................. 297 ....................................................................................... January 15, 2020 ................................................................. January 15, 2020 ................................................................. 2,444 .................................................................................... 12,219 .................................................................................. PART 725—CLAIMS FOR BENEFITS UNDER PART C OF TITLE IV OF THE FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT, AS AMENDED 5. The authority citation for part 725 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at sec. 701; Reorganization Plan No. 6 of 1950, 15 FR 3174; 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., 902(f), 921, 932, 936; 33 U.S.C. 901 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 405; Secretary’s Order 10–2009, 74 FR 58834. [Amended] 6. In § 725.621, amend paragraph (d) by removing ‘‘January 15, 2020’’ and adding in its place ‘‘January 15, 2021’’ and by removing ‘‘$1,488’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$1,506’’. ■ PART 726—BLACK LUNG BENEFITS; REQUIREMENTS FOR COAL MINE OPERATOR’S INSURANCE 7. The authority citation for part 726 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., 902(f), 925, 932, 933, 934, 936; 33 U.S.C. § 726.302 [Amended] 8. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left column, remove the dollar amount or date indicated in the middle column from wherever it appears in the paragraph and add in its place the dollar amount or date indicated in the right column. ■ Remove § 726.302(c)(2)(i) table Introductory text ............................... § 726.302(c)(2)(i) table .......................................................... § 726.302(c)(2)(i) table .......................................................... § 726.302(c)(2)(i) table .......................................................... § 726.302(c)(2)(i) table .......................................................... § 726.302(c)(4) ...................................................................... § 726.302(c)(4) ...................................................................... § 726.302(c)(5) ...................................................................... § 726.302(c)(5) ...................................................................... § 726.302(c)(6) ...................................................................... § 726.302(c)(6) ...................................................................... January 15, 2020 ................................................................. $146 ..................................................................................... 290 ....................................................................................... 436 ....................................................................................... 579 ....................................................................................... January 15, 2020 ................................................................. 146 ....................................................................................... January 15, 2020 ................................................................. 436 ....................................................................................... January 15, 2020 ................................................................. 2,976 .................................................................................... Wage and Hour Division Title 29—Labor PART 500—MIGRANT AND SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROTECTION 9. The authority citation for part 500 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Pub. L. 97–470, 96 Stat. 2583 (29 U.S.C. 1801–1872); Secretary’s Order No. 01–2014 (Dec. 19, 2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec. 24, 2014); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114–74, 129 Stat 584. § 500.1 [Amended] 10. In § 500.1, amend paragraph (e) by removing ‘‘$2,549’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$2,579’’. ■ PART 501—ENFORCEMENT OF CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS FOR TEMPORARY ALIEN AGRICULTURAL WORKERS ADMITTED UNDER SECTION 218 OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT 11. The authority citation for part 501 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 1184(c), and 1188; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701. § 501.19 [Amended] 12. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left column, remove the dollar amount indicated in the middle column from wherever it appears in the paragraph and add in its place the dollar amount indicated in the right column. ■ Paragraph Remove § 501.19(c) introductory text § 501.19(c)(1) ...................... § 501.19(c)(2) ...................... § 501.19(c)(4) ...................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:22 Jan 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 $1,766 5,942 57,833 117,664 Sfmt 4700 Add $1,787 6,012 59,528 119,055 $24,730. January 15, 2021. 301. January 15, 2021. January 15, 2021. 2,473. 12,363. 901 et seq.; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at sec. 701; Reorganization Plan No. 6 of 1950, 15 FR 3174; Secretary’s Order 10–2009, 74 FR 58834. Paragraph DEPARTMENT OF LABOR khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES § 725.621 Add Add January $148. 293. 441. 586. January 148. January 441. January 3,011. Paragraph § 501.19(d) .......................... § 501.19(e) .......................... § 501.19(f) ........................... 15, 2021. 15, 2021. 15, 2021. 15, 2021. Remove 5,942 17,650 17,650 Add 6,012 17,859 17,859 PART 503—ENFORCEMENT OF OBLIGATIONS FOR TEMPORARY NONIMMIGRANT NONAGRICULTURAL WORKERS DESCRIBED IN THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT 13. The authority citation for part 503 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b); 8 U.S.C. 1184; 8 CFR 214.2(h); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701. § 503.23 [Amended] 14. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left column, remove the dollar amount indicated in the middle column from wherever it appears in the paragraph, and add in its place the dollar amount indicated in the right column: ■ E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 9 / Thursday, January 14, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Paragraph § 503.23(b) .......................... § 503.23(c) ........................... § 503.23(d) .......................... Remove $12,919 12,919 12,919 Add $13,072 13,072 13,072 PART 530—EMPLOYMENT OF HOMEWORKERS IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIES Authority: Sec. 11, 52 Stat. 1066 (29 U.S.C. 211) as amended by sec. 9, 63 Stat. 910 (29 U.S.C. 211(d)); Secretary’s Order No. 01–2014 (Dec. 19, 2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec. 24, 2014); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701, 129 Stat 584. 16. In § 530.302: a. Amend paragraph (a) by removing ‘‘$1,071’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$1,084;’’ and ■ b. Revising paragraph (b). ■ ■ 15. The authority citation for part 530 continues to read as follows: ■ 2969 The revision reads as follows: § 530.302 Amounts of civil penalties. * * * * * (b) The amount of civil money penalties shall be determined per affected homeworker within the limits set forth in the following schedule, except that no penalty shall be assessed in the case of violations which are deemed to be de minimis in nature: TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (b) Penalty per affected homeworker Nature of violation Minor Recordkeeping ........................................................................................................... Monetary violations .................................................................................................... Employment of homeworkers without a certificate .................................................... Other violations of statutes, regulations or employer assurances ............................ PART 570—CHILD LABOR REGULATIONS, ORDERS AND STATEMENTS OF INTERPRETATION PART 579—CHILD LABOR VIOLATIONS—CIVIL MONEY PENALTIES Subpart G—General Statements of Interpretation of the Child Labor Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as Amended ■ 17. The authority citation for subpart G of part 570 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 52 Stat. 1060–1069, as amended; 29 U.S.C. 201–219; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701. § 570.140 [Amended] 18. In § 570.140, amend paragraph (b)(1) by removing ‘‘$13,072’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$13,227’’ and paragraph (b)(2) by removing ‘‘$59,413’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$60,115’’. ■ 19. The authority citation for part 578 continues to read as follows: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES ■ Authority: Sec. 9, Pub. L. 101–157, 103 Stat. 938, sec. 3103, Pub. L. 101–508, 104 Stat. 1388–29 (29 U.S.C. 216(e)), Pub. L. 101– 410, 104 Stat. 890 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note), as amended by Pub. L. 104–134, section 31001(s), 110 Stat. 1321–358, 1321–373, and Pub. L. 114–74, 129 Stat 584. § 578.3 [Amended] 20. In § 578.3, amend paragraph (a) by removing ‘‘$2,050’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$2,074’’. ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:22 Jan 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 22. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left column, remove the dollar amount indicated in the middle column from wherever it appears in the paragraph and add in its place the dollar amount indicated in the right column. ■ Paragraph Remove $13,072 59,413 2,050 Add $13,227 60,115 2,074 PART 801—APPLICATION OF THE EMPLOYEE POLYGRAPH PROTECTION ACT OF 1988 23. The authority citation for part 801 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Pub. L. 100–347, 102 Stat. 646, 29 U.S.C. 2001–2009; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701, 129 Stat 584. [Amended] 24. In § 801.42, amend paragraph (a) introductory text by removing ■ PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 $433–1,084 .......................................... 433–1,084 433–1,084 PART 825—THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT OF 1993 25. The authority citation for part 825 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 29 U.S.C. 2654; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114– 74 at § 701. § 825.300 [Amended] 26. In § 825.300, amend paragraph (a)(1) by removing ‘‘$176’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$178’’. ■ [Amended] § 801.42 $217–433 217–433 217–433 217–433 Repeated, intentional or knowing ‘‘$21,410’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$21,663’’. Authority: 29 U.S.C. 203(l), 211, 212, 213(c), 216; Reorg. Plan No. 6 of 1950, 64 Stat. 1263, 5 U.S.C. App; secs. 25, 29, 88 Stat. 72, 76; Secretary of Labor’s Order No. 01– 2014 (Dec. 19, 2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec. 24, 2014); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114–7, 129 Stat 584. § 579.1(a)(1)(i)(A) ................ § 579.1(a)(1)(i)(B) ................ § 579.1(a)(2) ........................ PART 578—MINIMUM WAGE AND OVERTIME VIOLATIONS—CIVIL MONEY PENALTIES $21–217 21–217 ........................ 21–217 21. The authority citation for part 579 continues to read as follows: § 579.1 Substantial Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration Title 29—Labor PART 1903—INSPECTIONS, CITATIONS, AND PROPOSED PENALTIES 27. The authority citation for part 1903 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Secs. 8 and 9 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 657, 658); 5 U.S.C. 553; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990), as amended by Section 701, Pub. L. 114–74; Secretary of Labor’s Order No. 1–2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25, 2012). § 1903.15 [Amended] 28. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left column, remove the dollar amount or date indicated in the middle column from wherever it appears in the paragraph ■ E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 2970 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 9 / Thursday, January 14, 2021 / Rules and Regulations and add in its place the dollar amount or date indicated in the right column. Paragraph Remove § 1903.15(d) introductory text ................................................ § 1903.15(d)(1) ...................................................................... § 1903.15(d)(1) ...................................................................... § 1903.15(d)(2) ...................................................................... § 1903.15(d)(3) ...................................................................... § 1903.15(d)(4) ...................................................................... § 1903.15(d)(5) ...................................................................... § 1903.15(d)(6) ...................................................................... January 15, 2020 ................................................................. $9,639 .................................................................................. $134,937 .............................................................................. $134,937 .............................................................................. $13,494 ................................................................................ $13,494 ................................................................................ $13,494 ................................................................................ $13,494 ................................................................................ DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Mine Safety and Health Administration TABLE XIV—PENALTY CONVERSION TABLE—Continued Title 30—Mineral Resources 29. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 30 U.S.C. 815, 820, 957; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701. 30. In § 100.3, amend paragraph (a)(1) introductory text by removing ‘‘$73,901’’ and adding in its place ‘‘$74,775’’ and paragraph (g) by revising Table XIV—Penalty Conversion Table to read as follows: ■ § 100.3 Determination of penalty amount; regular assessment. * * * (g) * * * * * TABLE XIV—PENALTY CONVERSION TABLE khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES Points 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 Penalty ($) or fewer ........................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... .......................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:22 Jan 13, 2021 $139 152 163 177 192 208 225 245 264 286 310 336 365 395 426 463 504 542 Jkt 253001 78 .......................................... 79 .......................................... 80 .......................................... 81 .......................................... 82 .......................................... 83 .......................................... 84 .......................................... 85 .......................................... 86 .......................................... 87 .......................................... 88 .......................................... 89 .......................................... 90 .......................................... 91 .......................................... 92 .......................................... 93 .......................................... 94 .......................................... 95 .......................................... 96 .......................................... 97 .......................................... 98 .......................................... 99 .......................................... 100 ........................................ 101 ........................................ 102 ........................................ 103 ........................................ 104 ........................................ 105 ........................................ 106 ........................................ 107 ........................................ 108 ........................................ 109 ........................................ 110 ........................................ 111 ........................................ 112 ........................................ 113 ........................................ 114 ........................................ 115 ........................................ 116 ........................................ 117 ........................................ 118 ........................................ 119 ........................................ 120 ........................................ 121 ........................................ 122 ........................................ 123 ........................................ PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 589 638 692 749 810 879 952 1,033 1,118 1,210 1,311 1,421 1,539 1,667 1,805 1,955 2,119 2,295 2,486 2,692 2,918 3,161 3,425 3,709 4,018 4,353 4,715 5,109 5,534 5,995 6,494 7,035 7,621 8,253 8,943 9,688 10,496 11,369 12,315 13,342 14,453 15,657 16,960 18,374 19,902 21,561 January 15, 2021. $9,753. $136,532. $136,532. $13,653. $13,653. $13,653. $13,653. TABLE XIV—PENALTY CONVERSION TABLE—Continued Penalty ($) Points PART 100—CRITERIA AND PROCEDURES FOR PROPOSED ASSESSMENT OF CIVIL PENALTIES Add Penalty ($) Points 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ or more .......................... * * * * § § 100.4 and 100.5 23,358 25,300 27,409 29,693 32,165 34,844 37,747 40,891 44,295 47,984 51,812 55,638 59,468 63,292 67,121 70,947 74,775 * [Amended] 31. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left column, remove the dollar amount indicated in the middle column from wherever it appears in the paragraph, and add in its place the dollar amount indicated in the right column. ■ Paragraph § 100.4(a) ............................ § 100.4(b) ............................ § 100.4(c) introductory text .. § 100.4(c) introductory text .. § 100.5(c) ............................. § 100.5(d) ............................ § 100.5(e) ............................ Remove $2,464 4,925 6,159 73,901 8,006 338 270,972 Add $2,493 4,983 6,232 74,775 8,101 342 274,175 Signed in Washington, DC. Eugene Scalia, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor. Note: The following Appendix will not appear in the Code of Federal Regulations. E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 2971 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 9 / Thursday, January 14, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 2020 Agency Law Name/description CFR citation Min penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) Max penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) Min penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) Max penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) MSHA .... Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977. Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977. Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977. Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977. Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977. Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977. Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977. Federal Mine Safety & Health Act of 1977. Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Regular Assessment ................................ 30 CFR 100.3(a) ..... ........................ $73,901 ......... ........................ $74,775. Penalty Conversion Table ........................ 30 CFR 100.3(g) ..... $137 $73,901 ......... $139 $74,775. Minimum Penalty for any order issued under 104(d)(1) of the Mine Act. 30 CFR 100.4(a) ..... 2,464 ....................... 2,493 Minimum penalty for any order issued under 104(d)(2) of the Mine Act. 30 CFR 100.4(b) ..... 4,925 ....................... 4,983 Penalty for failure to provide timely notification under 103(j) of the Mine Act. 39 CFR 100.4(c) ..... 6,159 $73,901 ......... 6,232 Any operator who fails to correct a violation for which a citation or order was issued under 104(a) of the Mine Act. 30 CFR 100.5(c) ..... ........................ $8,006 ........... ........................ $8,101. Violation of mandatory safety standards related to smoking standards. 30 CFR 100.5(d) ..... ........................ $338 .............. ........................ $342. Flagrant violations under 110(b)(2) of the Mine Act. 30 CFR 100.5(e) ..... ........................ $270,972 ....... ........................ $274,175. Section 209(b): Per plan year for failure to furnish reports (e.g., pension benefit statements) to certain former employees or maintain employee records each employee a separate violation. Section 502 (c)(2)—Per day for failure/refusal to properly file plan annual report. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $31 ................ ........................ $31. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $2,233 ........... ........................ $2,259. Section 502 (c)(4)—Per day for failure to disclose certain documents upon request under ERISA 101(k) and (l); failure to furnish notices under 101(j) and 514(e)(3)—each statutory recipient a separate violation. Section 502 (c)(5)—Per day for each failure to file annual report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) under 101(g). Section 502 (c)(6)—Per day for each failure to provide Secretary of Labor requested documentation not to exceed a per-request maximum. Section 502 (c)(7)—Per day for each failure to provide notices of blackout periods and of right to divest employer securities—each statutory recipient a separate violation. Section 502 (c)(8)—Per each failure by an endangered status multiemployer plan to adopt a funding improvement plan or meet benchmarks; or failure of a critical status multiemployer plan to adopt a rehabilitation plan. Section 502(c)(9)(A)—Per day for each failure by an employer to inform employees of CHIP coverage opportunities under Section 701(f)(3)(B)(i)(l)— each employee a separate violation. Section 502(c)(9)(B)—Per day for each failure by a plan to timely provide to any State information required to be disclosed under Section 701(f)(3)(B)(ii), as added by CHIP regarding coverage coordination—each participant/beneficiary a separate violation. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $1,767 ........... ........................ $1,788. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $1,625 ........... ........................ $1,644. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ ........................ 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $159 per day, not to exceed $1,594 per request. $141 .............. ........................ $161 per day, not to exceed $1,613 per request. $143. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $1,402 ........... ........................ $1,419. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $119 .............. ........................ $120. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $119 .............. ........................ $120. MSHA .... MSHA .... MSHA .... MSHA .... MSHA .... MSHA .... MSHA .... EBSA .... EBSA .... EBSA .... khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES 2021 Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Employee Retirement Income Security Act. EBSA .... Employee Retirement Income Security Act. EBSA .... Employee Retirement Income Security Act. EBSA .... Employee Retirement Income Security Act. EBSA .... Employee Retirement Income Security Act. EBSA .... Employee Retirement Income Security Act. EBSA .... Employee Retirement Income Security Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:22 Jan 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 $74,775. 2972 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 9 / Thursday, January 14, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 2020 Agency Law Name/description CFR citation Min penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) Max penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) Min penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) Max penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) EBSA .... Employee Retirement Income Security Act. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $119 .............. ........................ $120. EBSA .... Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Section 502(c)(10)—Failure by any plan sponsor of group health plan, or any health insurance issuer offering health insurance coverage in connection with the plan, to meet the requirements of Sections 702(a)(1)(F), (b)(3), (c) or (d); or Section 701; or Section 702(b)(1) with respect to genetic information— daily per participant and beneficiary during non-compliance period. Section 502(c)(10)—uncorrected de minimis violation. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... 2,970 ....................... 3,005 Section 502(c)(10)—uncorrected tions that are not de minimis. viola- 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... 17,824 ....................... 18,035 Section 502(c)(10)—unintentional failure maximum cap. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $594,129 ....... ........................ $601,152. Section 502(c)(12)—Per day for each failure of a CSEC plan in restoration status to adopt a restoration plan. Section 502 (m)—Failure of fiduciary to make a proper distribution from a defined benefit plan under section 206(e) of ERISA. Failure to provide Summary of Benefits Coverage under PHS Act section 2715(f), as incorporated in ERISA section 715 and 29 CFR 2590.715– 2715(e). Serious Violation ....................................... 29CFR 2575.1–3 ..... ........................ $109 .............. ........................ $110. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $17,213 ......... ........................ $17,416. 29 CFR 2575.1–3 ... ........................ $1,176 ........... ........................ $1,190. 29 CFR 1903.15(d)(3). ........................ $13,494 ......... ........................ $13,653. Other-Than-Serious .................................. 29 CFR 1903.15(d)(4). ........................ $13,494 ......... ........................ $13,653. Willful ........................................................ 29 CFR 1903.15(d)(1). 9,639 $134,937 ....... 9,753 $136,532. Repeated .................................................. 29 CFR 1903.15(d)(2). ........................ $134,937 ....... ........................ $136,532. Posting Requirement ................................ 29 CFR 1903.15(d)(6). ........................ $13,494 ......... ........................ $13,653. Failure to Abate ........................................ 29 CFR 1903.15(d)(5). ........................ $13,494 per day. ........................ $13,653 per day. FMLA ........................................................ ........................ $176 .............. ........................ $178. FLSA ......................................................... 29 CFR 825.300(a)(1). 29 CFR 578.3(a) ..... ........................ $2,050 ........... ........................ $2,074. Child Labor ............................................... 29 CFR 579.1(a)(2) ........................ $2,050 ........... ........................ $2,074. Child Labor ............................................... 29 CFR 570.140(b)(1). 29 CFR 579.1(a)(1)(i)(A). 29 CFR 570.140(b)(2). 29 CFR 579.1(a)(1)(i)(B). 29 CFR 570.140(b)(2); 29 CFR 579.1(a)(1)(i)(B) Doubled. 29 CFR 500.1(e) ..... ........................ $13,072 ......... ........................ $13,227. ........................ $13,072 ......... ........................ $13,227. ........................ $59,413 ......... ........................ $60,115. ........................ $59,413 ......... ........................ $60,115. ........................ $118,827 ....... ........................ $120,230. ........................ $2,549 ........... ........................ $2,579. ........................ $1,928 ........... ........................ $1,951. ........................ $7,846 ........... ........................ $7,939. ........................ $7,846 ........... ........................ $7,939. ........................ $54,921 ......... ........................ $55,570. EBSA .... EBSA .... EBSA .... EBSA .... EBSA .... Employee Retirement Income Security Act. OSHA .... Occupational Safety and Health Act. Occupational Safety and Health Act. Occupational Safety and Health Act. Occupational Safety and Health Act. Occupational Safety and Health Act. Occupational Safety and Health Act. Family and Medical Leave Act. Fair Labor Standards Act. Fair Labor Standards Act. Fair Labor Standards Act. Fair Labor Standards Act. Fair Labor Standards Act. Fair Labor Standards Act. Fair Labor Standards Act. OSHA .... OSHA .... OSHA .... OSHA .... OSHA .... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES 2021 WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Child Labor ............................................... Child Labor that causes serious injury or death. Child Labor that causes serious injury or death. Child Labor willful or repeated that causes serious injury or death (penalty amount doubled). MSPA ........................................................ H1B ........................................................... H1B retaliation .......................................... H1B willful or discrimination ..................... H1B willful that resulted in displacement of a US worker. 18:22 Jan 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00020 20 CFR 655.810(b)(1). 20 CFR 655.801(b) 20 CFR 655.810(b)(2). 20 CFR 655.810(b)(3). Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 2973 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 9 / Thursday, January 14, 2021 / Rules and Regulations 2020 Agency Law Name/description WHD ..... Immigration & Nationality Act. Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act. Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act. Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act. Employee Polygraph Protection Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Immigration & Nationality Act. Fair Labor Standards Act. Fair Labor Standards Act. Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Black Lung Benefits Act. Black Lung Benefits Act. Black Lung Benefits Act. Black Lung Benefits Act. Black Lung Benefits Act. Black Lung Benefits Act. Black Lung Benefits Act. Black Lung Benefits Act. D–1 ........................................................... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... WHD ..... OWCP ... OWCP ... OWCP ... OWCP ... OWCP ... OWCP ... OWCP ... OWCP ... OWCP ... OWCP ... khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES OWCP ... CFR citation 2021 Min penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) Max penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) Min penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) Max penalty (rounded to nearest dollar) 20 CFR 655.620(a) ........................ $9,639 ........... ........................ $9,753. CWHSSA .................................................. 29 CFR 5.5(b)(2) ..... ........................ $27 ................ ........................ $27. CWHSSA .................................................. 29 CFR 5.8(a) ......... ........................ $27 ................ ........................ $27. Walsh-Healey ........................................... 41 CFR 50–201.3(e) ........................ $27 ................ ........................ $27. EPPA ........................................................ 29 CFR 801.42(a) ... ........................ $21,410 ......... ........................ $21,663. H2A ........................................................... 29 CFR 501.19(c) ... ........................ $1,766 ........... ........................ $1,787. H2A willful or discrimination ..................... 29 CFR 501.19(c)(1) ........................ $5,942 ........... ........................ $6,012. H2A Safety or health resulting in serious injury or death. H2A willful or repeated safety or health resulting in serious injury or death. H2A failing to cooperate in an investigation. H2A displacing a US worker .................... 29 CFR 501.19(c)(2) ........................ $58,833 ......... ........................ $59,528. 29 CFR 501.19(c)(4) ........................ $117,664 ....... ........................ $119,055. 29 CFR 501.19(d) ... ........................ $5,942 ........... ........................ $6,012. 29 CFR 501.19(e) ... ........................ $17,650 ......... ........................ $17,859. H2A improperly rejecting a US worker ..... 29 CFR 501.19(f) .... ........................ $17,650 ......... ........................ $17,859. H–2B ......................................................... 29 CFR 503.23(b) ... ........................ $12,919 ......... ........................ $13,072. H–2B ......................................................... 29 CFR 503.23(c) ... ........................ $12,919 ......... ........................ $13,072. H–2B ......................................................... 29 CFR 503.23(d) ... ........................ $12,919 ......... ........................ $13,072. Home Worker ........................................... 29 CFR 530.302(a) ........................ $1,071 ........... ........................ $1,084. Home Worker ........................................... 29 CFR 530.302(b) 21 $1,071 ........... 21 $1,084. Failure to file first report of injury or filing a false statement or misrepresentation in first report. 20 CFR 702.204 ..... ........................ $24,441 ......... ........................ $24,730. Failure to report termination of payments 20 CFR 702.236 ..... ........................ $297 .............. ........................ $301. Discrimination against employees who claim compensation or testify in a LHWCA proceeding. 20 CFR 702.271(a)(2). 2,444 $12,219 ......... 2,473 Failure to report termination of payments 20 CFR 725.621(d) ........................ $1,488 ........... ........................ Failure to secure payment of benefits for mines with fewer than 25 employees. Failure to secure payment of benefits for mines with 25–50 employees. Failure to secure payment of benefits for mines with 51–100 employees. Failure to secure payment of benefits for mines with more than 100 employees. Failure to secure payment of benefits after 10th day of notice. Failure to secure payment of benefits for repeat offenders. Failure to secure payment of benefits ...... 20 CFR 726.302(c)(2)(i). 20 CFR 726.302(c)(2)(i). 20 CFR 726.302(c)(2)(i). 20 CFR 726.302(c)(2)(i). 20 CFR 726.302(c)(4). 20 CFR 726.302(c)(5). 20 CFR 726.302(c)(5). 146 ....................... 148 290 ....................... 293 436 ....................... 441 579 ....................... 586 146 ....................... 148 436 ....................... 441 ........................ $2,976 ........... ........................ [FR Doc. 2021–00018 Filed 1–13–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–HL–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:22 Jan 13, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\14JAR1.SGM 14JAR1 $12,363. $1,506. $3,011.

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 9 (Thursday, January 14, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 2964-2973]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration

20 CFR Part 655

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

20 CFR Parts 702, 725, and 726

Wage and Hour Division

29 CFR Parts 500, 501, 503, 530, 570, 578, 579, 801, and 825

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Part 1903

Mine Safety and Health Administration

30 CFR Part 100

RIN 1290-AA41


Department of Labor Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment 
Act Annual Adjustments for 2021

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workers' 
Compensation Programs, Office of the Secretary, Wage and Hour Division, 
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and Mine Safety and 
Health Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Labor (Department) is publishing this 
final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties 
assessed or enforced by the Department, pursuant to the Federal Civil 
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as amended by the Federal 
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 
(Inflation Adjustment Act). The Inflation Adjustment Act requires the 
Department to annually adjust its civil money penalty levels for 
inflation no later than January 15 of each year. The Inflation 
Adjustment Act provides that agencies shall adjust civil monetary 
penalties notwithstanding Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure 
Act (APA). Additionally, the Inflation Adjustment Act provides a cost-
of-living formula for adjustment of the civil penalties. Accordingly, 
this final rule sets forth the Department's 2021 annual adjustments for 
inflation to its civil monetary penalties.

DATES: This final rule is effective on January 15, 2021. As provided by 
the Inflation Adjustment Act, the increased penalty levels apply to any 
penalties assessed after January 15, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin FitzGerald, Senior Policy 
Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-2312, 200 Constitution Avenue 
NW, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-5076 (this is not a 
toll-free number). Copies of this final rule may be obtained in 
alternative formats (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc), upon 
request, by calling (202) 693-5959 (this is not a toll-free number). 
TTY/TDD callers may dial toll-free 1-877-889-5627 to obtain information 
or request materials in alternative formats.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Preamble Table of Contents

I. Background
II. Adjustment for 2021
III. Paperwork Reduction Act
IV. Administrative Procedure Act
V. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review, Executive 
Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, and 
Executive Order 13771: Reducing Regulations and Controlling 
Regulatory Costs
VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act and Small Business Regulatory 
Enforcement Fairness Act
VII. Other Regulatory Considerations
    A. The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995
    B. Executive Order 13132: Federalism
    C. Executive Order 13175: Indian Tribal Governments
    D. The Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 
1999: Assessment of Federal Regulations and Policies on Families
    E. Executive Order 13045: Protection of Children From 
Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks
    F. Environmental Impact Assessment
    G. Executive Order 13211: Energy Supply
    H. Executive Order 12630: Constitutionally Protected Property 
Rights
    I. Executive Order 12988: Civil Justice Reform Analysis

I. Background

    On November 2, 2015, Congress enacted the Federal Civil Penalties 
Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, Public Law 114-74, 
sec. 701 (Inflation Adjustment Act), which further amended the Federal 
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 as previously amended 
by the 1996 Debt Collection Improvement Act (collectively, the ``Prior 
Inflation Adjustment Act''), to improve the effectiveness of civil 
monetary penalties and to maintain their deterrent effect. The 
Inflation Adjustment Act required agencies to (1) adjust the level of 
civil monetary penalties with an initial ``catch-up'' adjustment 
through an interim final rule (IFR); and (2) make subsequent annual 
adjustments for inflation no later than January 15 of each year.
    On July 1, 2016, the Department published an IFR that established 
the initial catch-up adjustment for most civil penalties that the 
Department administers and requested comments. See 81 FR 43430 (DOL 
IFR). On January 18, 2017, the Department published the final rule 
establishing the 2017 Annual Adjustment for those civil monetary 
penalties adjusted in the DOL IFR. See 82 FR 5373 (DOL 2017 Annual 
Adjustment). On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) (collectively, ``the 
Departments'') jointly published an IFR that established the initial 
catch-up adjustment for civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced 
in connection with the employment of temporary nonimmigrant workers 
under the H-2B program. See 81 FR 42983 (Joint IFR). On March 17, 2017, 
the Departments jointly published the final rule establishing the 2017 
Annual Adjustment for the H-2B civil monetary penalties. See 82 FR 
14147 (Joint 2017 Annual Adjustment). The Joint 2017 Annual Adjustment 
also explained that DOL would make future adjustments to the H-2B civil 
monetary penalties consistent with DOL's delegated authority under 8 
U.S.C. 1184(c)(14), Immigration and Nationality Act section 214(c)(14), 
and the Inflation Adjustment Act. See 82 FR 14147-48. On January 2, 
2018, the Department published the final rule establishing the 2018 
Annual Adjustment for civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by 
the Department, including H-2B civil monetary

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penalties. See 83 FR 7 (DOL 2018 Annual Adjustment). On January 23, 
2019, the Department published the final rule establishing the 2019 
Annual Adjustment for civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by 
the Department, including H-2B civil monetary penalties. See 84 FR 213 
(DOL 2019 Annual Adjustment). On January 15, 2020, the Department 
published the final rule establishing the 2020 Annual Adjustment for 
civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Department, 
including H-2B civil monetary penalties. See 85 FR 2292 (DOL 2020 
Annual Adjustment).
    This rule implements the 2021 annual inflation adjustments, as 
required by the Inflation Adjustment Act, for civil monetary penalties 
assessed or enforced by the Department, including H-2B civil monetary 
penalties.\1\ The Inflation Adjustment Act provides that the increased 
penalty levels apply to any penalties assessed after the effective date 
of the increase. Pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment Act, this final 
rule is published notwithstanding Section 553 of the APA.
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    \1\ The Department is also responsible for administering and 
enforcing a newly-enacted civil monetary penalty under the Fair 
Labor Standards Act (see Public Law 115-141, section 1201 (2018)) 
and proposed regulations that would codify this civil monetary 
penalty in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) on October 8, 2019. 
See Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 84 FR 
53956 (proposed Oct. 8, 2019). On December 30, 2020, the Department 
published a final rule that codifies this civil monetary penalty, 
adjusted for inflation pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment Act, in 
the CFR, to be effective on March 1, 2021.
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    This rule is not an Executive Order 13771 regulatory action because 
this rule is not significant under Executive Order 12866.
    Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), 
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this rule 
as not a `major rule,' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

II. Adjustment for 2020

    The Department has undertaken a thorough review of civil penalties 
administered by its various components pursuant to the Inflation 
Adjustment Act and in accordance with guidance issued by the Office of 
Management and Budget.\2\
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    \2\ M-21-10, Implementation of Penalty Inflation Adjustments for 
2021, Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment 
Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Dec. 23, 2020).
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    The Department first identified the most recent penalty amount, 
which is the amount established by the 2020 annual adjustment as set 
forth in the DOL 2020 Annual Adjustment published on January 15, 2020. 
The Department is required to calculate the annual adjustment based on 
the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U). Annual 
inflation adjustments are based on the percent change between the 
October CPI-U preceding the date of the adjustment, and the prior 
year's October CPI-U; in this case, the percent change between the 
October 2020 CPI-U and the October 2019 CPI-U. The cost-of-living 
adjustment multiplier for 2021, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI-
U) for the month of October 2020, not seasonally adjusted, is 
1.01182.\3\ In order to compute the 2021 annual adjustment, the 
Department multiplied the most recent penalty amount for each 
applicable penalty by the multiplier, 1.01182, and rounded to the 
nearest dollar. This resulted in increases to all but four of the 
penalties administered by the Department, as set forth in the Appendix.
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    \3\ OMB provided the year-over-year multiplier, rounded to 5 
decimal points. Id. at 1.
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    As provided by the Inflation Adjustment Act, the increased penalty 
levels apply to any penalties assessed after the effective date of this 
rule.\4\ Accordingly, for penalties assessed after January 15, 2021, 
whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015, the higher 
penalty amounts outlined in this rule will apply. The tables below 
demonstrate the penalty amounts that apply:
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    \4\ Appendix 1 consists of a table that provides ready access to 
key information about each penalty.

                 Civil Monetary Penalties for the H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker Program
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         Violations occurring                 Penalty assessed                Which penalty level applies
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On or before November 2, 2015........  On or before August 1, 2016..  Pre-August 1, 2016 levels.
On or before November 2, 2015........  After August 1, 2016.........  Pre-August 1, 2016 levels.
After November 2, 2015...............  After August 1, 2016, but on   August 1, 2016 levels.
                                        or before March 17, 2017.
After November 2, 2015...............  After March 17, 2017 but on    March 17, 2017 levels.
                                        or before January 2, 2018.
After November 2, 2015...............  After January 2, 2018 but on   January 2, 2018 levels.
                                        or before January 23, 2019.
After November 2, 2015...............  After January 23, 2019 but on  January 23, 2019 levels.
                                        or before January 15, 2020.
After November 2, 2015...............  After January 15, 2020 but on  January 15, 2020 levels.
                                        or before January 15, 2021.
After November 2, 2015...............  After January 15, 2021.......  January 15, 2021 levels.
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                                 Civil Monetary Penalties for Other DOL Programs
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         Violations occurring                 Penalty assessed                Which penalty level applies
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On or before November 2, 2015........  On or before August 1, 2016..  Pre-August 1, 2016 levels.
On or before November 2, 2015........  After August 1, 2016.........  Pre-August 1, 2016 levels.
After November 2, 2015...............  After August 1, 2016, but on   August 1, 2016 levels.
                                        or before January 13, 2017.
After November 2, 2015...............  After January 13, 2017 but on  January 13, 2017 levels.
                                        or before January 2, 2018.
After November 2, 2015...............  After January 2, 2018 but on   January 2, 2018 levels.
                                        or before January 23, 2019.
After November 2, 2015...............  After January 23, 2019 but on  January 23, 2019 levels.
                                        or before January 15, 2020.
After November 2, 2015...............  After January 15, 2020 but on  January 15, 2020 levels.
                                        or before January 15, 2021.

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After November 2, 2015...............  After January 15, 2021.......  January 15, 2021 levels.
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III. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507(d)) requires 
that the Department consider the impact of paperwork and other 
information collection burdens imposed on the public. The Department 
has determined that this final rule does not require any collection of 
information.

IV. Administrative Procedure Act

    The Inflation Adjustment Act provides that agencies shall annually 
adjust civil monetary penalties for inflation notwithstanding section 
553 of the APA. Additionally, the Inflation Adjustment Act provides a 
nondiscretionary cost-of-living formula for annual adjustment of the 
civil monetary penalties. For these reasons, the requirements in 
sections 553(b), (c), and (d) of the APA, relating to notice and 
comment and requiring that a rule be effective 30 days after 
publication in the Federal Register, are inapplicable.

V. Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review and Executive 
Order 13563: Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review

    Executive Order 12866 requires that regulatory agencies assess both 
the costs and benefits of significant regulatory actions. Under the 
Executive Order, a ``significant regulatory action'' is one meeting any 
of a number of specified conditions, including the following: Having an 
annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; creating a 
serious inconsistency or interfering with an action of another agency; 
materially altering the budgetary impact of entitlements or the rights 
of entitlement recipients; or raising novel legal or policy issues.
    The Department has determined that this final rule is not a 
``significant'' regulatory action and a cost-benefit and economic 
analysis is not required. This regulation merely adjusts civil monetary 
penalties in accordance with inflation as required by the Inflation 
Adjustment Act, and has no impact on disclosure or compliance costs. 
The benefit provided by the inflationary adjustment to the maximum 
civil monetary penalties is that of maintaining the incentive for the 
regulated community to comply with the laws enforced by the Department, 
and not allowing the incentive to be diminished by inflation.
    Executive Order 13563 directs agencies to assess all costs and 
benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is 
necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits 
(including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety 
effects, distributive impacts, and equity). Executive Order 13563 
emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, 
reducing costs, harmonizing rules, and promoting flexibility to 
minimize burden.
    The Inflation Adjustment Act directed the Department to issue the 
annual adjustments without regard to section 553 of the APA. In that 
context, Congress has already determined that any possible increase in 
costs is justified by the overall benefits of such adjustments. This 
final rule makes only the statutory changes outlined herein; thus there 
are no alternatives or further analysis required by Executive Order 
13563.

VI. Regulatory Flexibility Act and Small Business Regulatory 
Enforcement Fairness Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq. (RFA), imposes 
certain requirements on Federal agency rules that are subject to the 
notice and comment requirements of the APA, 5 U.S.C. 553(b). This final 
rule is exempt from the requirements of the APA because the Inflation 
Adjustment Act directed the Department to issue the annual adjustments 
without regard to section 553 of the APA. Therefore, the requirements 
of the RFA applicable to notices of proposed rulemaking, 5 U.S.C. 603, 
do not apply to this rule. Accordingly, the Department is not required 
to either certify that the final rule would not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities or conduct a 
regulatory flexibility analysis.

VII. Other Regulatory Considerations

A. The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1531-1538, 
requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary 
regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may 
result in the expenditure by a state, local, or tribal government, in 
the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for 
inflation) or more in any one year. This Final Rule will not result in 
such an expenditure. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under 
the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

B. Executive Order 13132: Federalism

    Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH 
Act) (29 U.S.C. 667) requires Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration (OSHA)-approved State Plans to have standards and an 
enforcement program that are at least as effective as Federal OSHA's 
standards and enforcement program. OSHA-approved State Plans must have 
maximum and minimum penalty levels that are at least as effective as 
Federal OSHA's, per section 18(c)(2) of the OSH Act. See also 29 CFR 
1902.4(c)(2)(xi); 1902.37(b)(12). State Plans are required to increase 
their penalties in alignment with OSHA's penalty increases to maintain 
at least as effective penalty levels.
    State Plans are not required to impose monetary penalties on state 
and local government employers. See Sec.  1956.11(c)(2)(x). Five (5) 
states and one territory have State Plans that cover only state and 
local government employees: Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, 
New York, and the Virgin Islands. Therefore, the requirements to 
increase the penalty levels do not apply to these State Plans. Twenty-
one states and one U.S. territory have State Plans that cover both 
private sector employees and state and local government employees: 
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, 
Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto 
Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, 
and Wyoming. They must increase their penalties for private-sector 
employers.
    Other than as listed above, this final rule does not have 
federalism implications because it does not have substantial direct 
effects on the states, on the relationship between the national 
government and the states, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government. Accordingly, 
Executive Order 13132, Federalism,

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requires no further agency action or analysis.

C. Executive Order 13175: Indian Tribal Governments

    This final rule does not have ``tribal implications'' because it 
does not have substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes, 
on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, 
or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the 
Federal Government and Indian tribes. Accordingly, Executive Order 
13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, 
requires no further agency action or analysis.

List of Subjects

20 CFR Part 655

    Immigration, Labor, Penalties.

20 CFR Part 702

    Administrative practice and procedure, Longshore and harbor 
workers, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Workers' 
compensation.

20 CFR Part 725

    Administrative practice and procedure, Black lung benefits, Coal 
miners, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

20 CFR Part 726

    Administrative practice and procedure, Black lung benefits, Coal 
miners, Mines, Penalties.

29 CFR Part 500

    Administrative practice and procedure, Aliens, Housing, Insurance, 
Intergovernmental relations, Investigations, Migrant labor, Motor 
vehicle safety, Occupational safety and health, Penalties, Reporting 
and recordkeeping requirements, Wages, Whistleblowing.

29 CFR Part 501

    Administrative practice and procedure, Agriculture, Aliens, 
Employment, Housing, Housing standards, Immigration, Labor, Migrant 
labor, Penalties, Transportation, Wages.

29 CFR Part 503

    Administrative practice and procedure, Aliens, Employment, Housing, 
Immigration, Labor, Penalties, Transportation, Wages.

29 CFR Part 530

    Administrative practice and procedure, Clothing, Homeworkers, 
Indians-arts and crafts, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Surety bonds, Watches and jewelry.

29 CFR Part 570

    Child labor, Law enforcement, Penalties.

29 CFR Part 578

    Penalties, Wages.

29 CFR Part 579

    Child labor, Penalties.

29 CFR Part 801

    Administrative practice and procedure, Employment, Lie detector 
tests, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

29 CFR Part 825

    Administrative practice and procedure, Airmen, Employee benefit 
plans, Health, Health insurance, Labor management relations, Maternal 
and child health, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, 
Teachers.

29 CFR Part 1903

    Intergovernmental relations, Law enforcement, Occupational Safety 
and Health, Penalties.

30 CFR Part 100

    Mine safety and health, Penalties.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, 20 CFR chapters V and VI, 
29 CFR chapters V and XVII, and 30 CFR chapter I are amended as 
follows:

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration

Title 20--Employees' Benefits

PART 655--TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN WORKERS IN THE UNITED 
STATES

0
1. The authority citation for part 655 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: Section 655.0 issued under 8 U.S.C. 
1101(a)(15)(E)(iii), 1101(a)(15)(H)(i) and (ii), 8 U.S.C. 
1103(a)(6), 1182(m), (n), (p) and (t), 1184(c), (g), and (j), 1188, 
and 1288(c) and (d); sec. 3(c)(1), Pub. L. 101-238, 103 Stat. 2099, 
2102 (8 U.S.C. 1182 note); sec. 221(a), Pub. L. 101-649, 104 Stat. 
4978, 5027 (8 U.S.C. 1184 note); sec. 303(a)(8), Pub. L. 102- 232, 
105 Stat. 1733, 1748 (8 U.S.C. 1101 note); sec. 323(c), Pub. L. 103-
206, 107 Stat. 2428; sec. 412(e), Pub. L. 105-277, 112 Stat. 2681 (8 
U.S.C. 1182 note); sec. 2(d), Pub. L. 106-95, 113 Stat. 1312, 1316 
(8 U.S.C. 1182 note); 29 U.S.C. 49k; Pub. L. 107-296, 116 Stat. 
2135, as amended; Pub. L. 109-423, 120 Stat. 2900; 8 CFR 
214.2(h)(4)(i); and 8 CFR 214.2(h)(6)(iii); and sec. 6, Pub. L. 115-
128, 132 Stat. 1547 (48 U.S.C. 1806).
    Subpart A issued under 8 CFR 214.2(h).
    Subpart B issued under 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 1184(c), 
and 1188; and 8 CFR 214.2(h).
    Subpart E issued under 48 U.S.C. 1806
    Subparts F and G issued under 8 U.S.C. 1288(c) and (d); sec. 
323(c), Pub. L. 103-206, 107 Stat. 2428; and 28 U.S.C. 2461 note, 
Pub. L. 114-74 at section 701.
    Subparts H and I issued under 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) and 
(b)(1), 1182(n), (p) and (t), and 1184(g) and (j); sec. 303(a)(8), 
Pub. L. 102-232, 105 Stat. 1733, 1748 (8 U.S.C. 1101 note); sec. 
412(e), Pub. L. 105-277, 112 Stat. 2681; 8 CFR 214.2(h); and 28 
U.S.C. 2461 note, Pub. L. 114-74 at section 701.
    Subparts L and M issued under 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(c) and 
1182(m); sec. 2(d), Pub. L. 106-95, 113 Stat. 1312, 1316 (8 U.S.C. 
1182 note); Pub. L. 109-423, 120 Stat. 2900; and 8 CFR 214.2(h).


Sec.  Sec.  655.620, 655.801, and 655.810   [Amended]

0
2. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left 
column, remove the dollar amount indicated in the middle column from 
wherever it appears in the paragraph and add in its place the dollar 
amount indicated in the right column.

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Sec.   655.620(a).................................     $9,639     $9,753
Sec.   655.801(b).................................      7,846      7,939
Sec.   655.810(b)(1) introductory text............      1,928      1,951
Sec.   655.810(b)(2) introductory text............      7,846      7,939
Sec.   655.810(b)(3) introductory text............     54,921     55,570
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of Workers' Compensation Programs

PART 702--ADMINISTRATION AND PROCEDURE

0
3. The authority citation for part 702 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 301, and 8171 et seq.; 33 U.S.C. 901 et 
seq.; 42 U.S.C. 1651 et seq.; 43 U.S.C. 1333; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note 
(Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 
114-74 at sec. 701; Reorganization Plan No. 6 of 1950, 15 FR 3174, 
64 Stat. 1263; Secretary's Order 10-2009, 74 FR 58834.


Sec.  Sec.  702.204, 702.236, and 702.271   [Amended]

0
4. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left 
column, remove the dollar amount or date indicated in the middle column 
from wherever it appears in the section or paragraph and add in its 
place the dollar amount or date indicated in the right column.

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Sec.   702.204..........................  $24,441........................  $24,730.
Sec.   702.204..........................  January 15, 2020...............  January 15, 2021.
Sec.   702.236..........................  297............................  301.
Sec.   702.236..........................  January 15, 2020...............  January 15, 2021.
Sec.   702.271(a)(2)....................  January 15, 2020...............  January 15, 2021.
Sec.   702.271(a)(2)....................  2,444..........................  2,473.
Sec.   702.271(a)(2)....................  12,219.........................  12,363.
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PART 725--CLAIMS FOR BENEFITS UNDER PART C OF TITLE IV OF THE 
FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT, AS AMENDED

0
5. The authority citation for part 725 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 301; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil 
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114-74 at sec. 
701; Reorganization Plan No. 6 of 1950, 15 FR 3174; 30 U.S.C. 901 et 
seq., 902(f), 921, 932, 936; 33 U.S.C. 901 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 405; 
Secretary's Order 10-2009, 74 FR 58834.


Sec.  725.621  [Amended]

0
6. In Sec.  725.621, amend paragraph (d) by removing ``January 15, 
2020'' and adding in its place ``January 15, 2021'' and by removing 
``$1,488'' and adding in its place ``$1,506''.

PART 726--BLACK LUNG BENEFITS; REQUIREMENTS FOR COAL MINE 
OPERATOR'S INSURANCE

0
7. The authority citation for part 726 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 30 U.S.C. 901 et seq., 902(f), 925, 
932, 933, 934, 936; 33 U.S.C. 901 et seq.; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note 
(Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 
114-74 at sec. 701; Reorganization Plan No. 6 of 1950, 15 FR 3174; 
Secretary's Order 10-2009, 74 FR 58834.


Sec.  726.302  [Amended]

0
8. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left 
column, remove the dollar amount or date indicated in the middle column 
from wherever it appears in the paragraph and add in its place the 
dollar amount or date indicated in the right column.

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Sec.   726.302(c)(2)(i) table             January 15, 2020...............  January 15, 2021.
 Introductory text.
Sec.   726.302(c)(2)(i) table...........  $146...........................  $148.
Sec.   726.302(c)(2)(i) table...........  290............................  293.
Sec.   726.302(c)(2)(i) table...........  436............................  441.
Sec.   726.302(c)(2)(i) table...........  579............................  586.
Sec.   726.302(c)(4)....................  January 15, 2020...............  January 15, 2021.
Sec.   726.302(c)(4)....................  146............................  148.
Sec.   726.302(c)(5)....................  January 15, 2020...............  January 15, 2021.
Sec.   726.302(c)(5)....................  436............................  441.
Sec.   726.302(c)(6)....................  January 15, 2020...............  January 15, 2021.
Sec.   726.302(c)(6)....................  2,976..........................  3,011.
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Wage and Hour Division

Title 29--Labor

PART 500--MIGRANT AND SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROTECTION

0
9. The authority citation for part 500 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  Pub. L. 97-470, 96 Stat. 2583 (29 U.S.C. 1801-1872); 
Secretary's Order No. 01-2014 (Dec. 19, 2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec. 24, 
2014); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114-74, 129 Stat 584.


Sec.  500.1  [Amended]

0
10. In Sec.  500.1, amend paragraph (e) by removing ``$2,549'' and 
adding in its place ``$2,579''.

PART 501--ENFORCEMENT OF CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS FOR TEMPORARY 
ALIEN AGRICULTURAL WORKERS ADMITTED UNDER SECTION 218 OF THE 
IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT

0
11. The authority citation for part 501 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 1184(c), and 1188; 28 
U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act 
of 1990); and Pub. L. 114-74 at Sec.  701.


Sec.  501.19  [Amended]

0
12. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left 
column, remove the dollar amount indicated in the middle column from 
wherever it appears in the paragraph and add in its place the dollar 
amount indicated in the right column.

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                     Paragraph                        Remove      Add
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Sec.   501.19(c) introductory text................     $1,766     $1,787
Sec.   501.19(c)(1)...............................      5,942      6,012
Sec.   501.19(c)(2)...............................     57,833     59,528
Sec.   501.19(c)(4)...............................    117,664    119,055
Sec.   501.19(d)..................................      5,942      6,012
Sec.   501.19(e)..................................     17,650     17,859
Sec.   501.19(f)..................................     17,650     17,859
------------------------------------------------------------------------

PART 503--ENFORCEMENT OF OBLIGATIONS FOR TEMPORARY NONIMMIGRANT 
NON-AGRICULTURAL WORKERS DESCRIBED IN THE IMMIGRATION AND 
NATIONALITY ACT

0
13. The authority citation for part 503 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(b); 8 U.S.C. 1184; 8 CFR 
214.2(h); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114-74 at Sec.  701.


Sec.  503.23  [Amended]

0
14. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left 
column, remove the dollar amount indicated in the middle column from 
wherever it appears in the paragraph, and add in its place the dollar 
amount indicated in the right column:

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------------------------------------------------------------------------
                     Paragraph                        Remove      Add
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sec.   503.23(b)..................................    $12,919    $13,072
Sec.   503.23(c)..................................     12,919     13,072
Sec.   503.23(d)..................................     12,919     13,072
------------------------------------------------------------------------

PART 530--EMPLOYMENT OF HOMEWORKERS IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIES

0
15. The authority citation for part 530 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  Sec. 11, 52 Stat. 1066 (29 U.S.C. 211) as amended by 
sec. 9, 63 Stat. 910 (29 U.S.C. 211(d)); Secretary's Order No. 01-
2014 (Dec. 19, 2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec. 24, 2014); 28 U.S.C. 2461 
note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); 
Pub. L. 114-74 at Sec.  701, 129 Stat 584.

0
16. In Sec.  530.302:
0
a. Amend paragraph (a) by removing ``$1,071'' and adding in its place 
``$1,084;'' and
0
b. Revising paragraph (b).
    The revision reads as follows:


Sec.  530.302  Amounts of civil penalties.

* * * * *
    (b) The amount of civil money penalties shall be determined per 
affected homeworker within the limits set forth in the following 
schedule, except that no penalty shall be assessed in the case of 
violations which are deemed to be de minimis in nature:

                                            Table 1 to Paragraph (b)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                     Penalty per affected homeworker
                                                       ---------------------------------------------------------
                  Nature of violation                                                   Repeated, intentional or
                                                             Minor        Substantial            knowing
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Recordkeeping.........................................         $21-217        $217-433                $433-1,084
Monetary violations...................................          21-217         217-433  ........................
Employment of homeworkers without a certificate.......  ..............         217-433                 433-1,084
Other violations of statutes, regulations or employer           21-217         217-433                 433-1,084
 assurances...........................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PART 570--CHILD LABOR REGULATIONS, ORDERS AND STATEMENTS OF 
INTERPRETATION

Subpart G--General Statements of Interpretation of the Child Labor 
Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as Amended

0
17. The authority citation for subpart G of part 570 continues to read 
as follows:

    Authority:  52 Stat. 1060-1069, as amended; 29 U.S.C. 201-219; 
28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment 
Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114-74 at Sec.  701.


Sec.  570.140  [Amended]

0
18. In Sec.  570.140, amend paragraph (b)(1) by removing ``$13,072'' 
and adding in its place ``$13,227'' and paragraph (b)(2) by removing 
``$59,413'' and adding in its place ``$60,115''.

PART 578--MINIMUM WAGE AND OVERTIME VIOLATIONS--CIVIL MONEY 
PENALTIES

0
19. The authority citation for part 578 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: Sec. 9, Pub. L. 101-157, 103 Stat. 938, sec. 3103, 
Pub. L. 101-508, 104 Stat. 1388-29 (29 U.S.C. 216(e)), Pub. L. 101-
410, 104 Stat. 890 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note), as amended by Pub. L. 104-
134, section 31001(s), 110 Stat. 1321-358, 1321-373, and Pub. L. 
114-74, 129 Stat 584.


Sec.  578.3  [Amended]

0
20. In Sec.  578.3, amend paragraph (a) by removing ``$2,050'' and 
adding in its place ``$2,074''.

PART 579--CHILD LABOR VIOLATIONS--CIVIL MONEY PENALTIES

0
21. The authority citation for part 579 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  29 U.S.C. 203(l), 211, 212, 213(c), 216; Reorg. Plan 
No. 6 of 1950, 64 Stat. 1263, 5 U.S.C. App; secs. 25, 29, 88 Stat. 
72, 76; Secretary of Labor's Order No. 01-2014 (Dec. 19, 2014), 79 
FR 77527 (Dec. 24, 2014); 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil 
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114-7, 129 
Stat 584.


Sec.  579.1  [Amended]

0
22. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left 
column, remove the dollar amount indicated in the middle column from 
wherever it appears in the paragraph and add in its place the dollar 
amount indicated in the right column.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                     Paragraph                        Remove      Add
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sec.   579.1(a)(1)(i)(A)..........................    $13,072    $13,227
Sec.   579.1(a)(1)(i)(B)..........................     59,413     60,115
Sec.   579.1(a)(2)................................      2,050      2,074
------------------------------------------------------------------------

PART 801--APPLICATION OF THE EMPLOYEE POLYGRAPH PROTECTION ACT OF 
1988

0
23. The authority citation for part 801 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  Pub. L. 100-347, 102 Stat. 646, 29 U.S.C. 2001-2009; 
28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment 
Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114-74 at Sec.  701, 129 Stat 584.


Sec.  801.42  [Amended]

0
24. In Sec.  801.42, amend paragraph (a) introductory text by removing 
``$21,410'' and adding in its place ``$21,663''.

PART 825--THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT OF 1993

0
25. The authority citation for part 825 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  29 U.S.C. 2654; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil 
Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114-74 at 
Sec.  701.


Sec.  825.300  [Amended]

0
26. In Sec.  825.300, amend paragraph (a)(1) by removing ``$176'' and 
adding in its place ``$178''.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Title 29--Labor

PART 1903--INSPECTIONS, CITATIONS, AND PROPOSED PENALTIES

0
27. The authority citation for part 1903 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  Secs. 8 and 9 of the Occupational Safety and Health 
Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 657, 658); 5 U.S.C. 553; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note 
(Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990), as 
amended by Section 701, Pub. L. 114-74; Secretary of Labor's Order 
No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25, 2012).


Sec.  1903.15  [Amended]

0
28. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left 
column, remove the dollar amount or date indicated in the middle column 
from wherever it appears in the paragraph

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and add in its place the dollar amount or date indicated in the right 
column.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                Paragraph                              Remove                               Add
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sec.   1903.15(d) introductory text.....  January 15, 2020...............  January 15, 2021.
Sec.   1903.15(d)(1)....................  $9,639.........................  $9,753.
Sec.   1903.15(d)(1)....................  $134,937.......................  $136,532.
Sec.   1903.15(d)(2)....................  $134,937.......................  $136,532.
Sec.   1903.15(d)(3)....................  $13,494........................  $13,653.
Sec.   1903.15(d)(4)....................  $13,494........................  $13,653.
Sec.   1903.15(d)(5)....................  $13,494........................  $13,653.
Sec.   1903.15(d)(6)....................  $13,494........................  $13,653.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Mine Safety and Health Administration

Title 30--Mineral Resources

PART 100--CRITERIA AND PROCEDURES FOR PROPOSED ASSESSMENT OF CIVIL 
PENALTIES

0
29. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 30 U.S.C. 815, 820, 957; 28 U.S.C. 2461 
note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); 
Pub. L. 114-74 at Sec.  701.

0
30. In Sec.  100.3, amend paragraph (a)(1) introductory text by 
removing ``$73,901'' and adding in its place ``$74,775'' and paragraph 
(g) by revising Table XIV--Penalty Conversion Table to read as follows:


Sec.  100.3  Determination of penalty amount; regular assessment.

* * * * *
    (g) * * *

                   Table XIV--Penalty Conversion Table
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Points                             Penalty ($)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
60 or fewer.............................................            $139
61......................................................             152
62......................................................             163
63......................................................             177
64......................................................             192
65......................................................             208
66......................................................             225
67......................................................             245
68......................................................             264
69......................................................             286
70......................................................             310
71......................................................             336
72......................................................             365
73......................................................             395
74......................................................             426
75......................................................             463
76......................................................             504
77......................................................             542
78......................................................             589
79......................................................             638
80......................................................             692
81......................................................             749
82......................................................             810
83......................................................             879
84......................................................             952
85......................................................           1,033
86......................................................           1,118
87......................................................           1,210
88......................................................           1,311
89......................................................           1,421
90......................................................           1,539
91......................................................           1,667
92......................................................           1,805
93......................................................           1,955
94......................................................           2,119
95......................................................           2,295
96......................................................           2,486
97......................................................           2,692
98......................................................           2,918
99......................................................           3,161
100.....................................................           3,425
101.....................................................           3,709
102.....................................................           4,018
103.....................................................           4,353
104.....................................................           4,715
105.....................................................           5,109
106.....................................................           5,534
107.....................................................           5,995
108.....................................................           6,494
109.....................................................           7,035
110.....................................................           7,621
111.....................................................           8,253
112.....................................................           8,943
113.....................................................           9,688
114.....................................................          10,496
115.....................................................          11,369
116.....................................................          12,315
117.....................................................          13,342
118.....................................................          14,453
119.....................................................          15,657
120.....................................................          16,960
121.....................................................          18,374
122.....................................................          19,902
123.....................................................          21,561
124.....................................................          23,358
125.....................................................          25,300
126.....................................................          27,409
127.....................................................          29,693
128.....................................................          32,165
129.....................................................          34,844
130.....................................................          37,747
131.....................................................          40,891
132.....................................................          44,295
133.....................................................          47,984
134.....................................................          51,812
135.....................................................          55,638
136.....................................................          59,468
137.....................................................          63,292
138.....................................................          67,121
139.....................................................          70,947
140 or more.............................................          74,775
------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *


Sec.  Sec.  100.4 and 100.5   [Amended]

0
31. In the following table, for each paragraph indicated in the left 
column, remove the dollar amount indicated in the middle column from 
wherever it appears in the paragraph, and add in its place the dollar 
amount indicated in the right column.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                     Paragraph                        Remove      Add
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sec.   100.4(a)...................................     $2,464     $2,493
Sec.   100.4(b)...................................      4,925      4,983
Sec.   100.4(c) introductory text.................      6,159      6,232
Sec.   100.4(c) introductory text.................     73,901     74,775
Sec.   100.5(c)...................................      8,006      8,101
Sec.   100.5(d)...................................        338        342
Sec.   100.5(e)...................................    270,972    274,175
------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Signed in Washington, DC.
Eugene Scalia,
Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor.

    Note:  The following Appendix will not appear in the Code of 
Federal Regulations.


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                                                                                                2020                                 2021
                                                                               -------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                  Min penalty                          Min penalty
     Agency              Law            Name/description       CFR citation       (rounded to       Max penalty        (rounded to       Max penalty
                                                                                    nearest     (rounded to nearest      nearest     (rounded to nearest
                                                                                    dollar)           dollar)            dollar)           dollar)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
MSHA...........  Federal Mine Safety  Regular Assessment.  30 CFR 100.3(a)....  ..............  $73,901............  ..............  $74,775.
                  & Health Act of
                  1977.
MSHA...........  Federal Mine Safety  Penalty Conversion   30 CFR 100.3(g)....            $137  $73,901............            $139  $74,775.
                  & Health Act of      Table.
                  1977.
MSHA...........  Federal Mine Safety  Minimum Penalty for  30 CFR 100.4(a)....           2,464  ...................           2,493  ...................
                  & Health Act of      any order issued
                  1977.                under 104(d)(1) of
                                       the Mine Act.
MSHA...........  Federal Mine Safety  Minimum penalty for  30 CFR 100.4(b)....           4,925  ...................           4,983  ...................
                  & Health Act of      any order issued
                  1977.                under 104(d)(2) of
                                       the Mine Act.
MSHA...........  Federal Mine Safety  Penalty for failure  39 CFR 100.4(c)....           6,159  $73,901............           6,232  $74,775.
                  & Health Act of      to provide timely
                  1977.                notification under
                                       103(j) of the Mine
                                       Act.
MSHA...........  Federal Mine Safety  Any operator who     30 CFR 100.5(c)....  ..............  $8,006.............  ..............  $8,101.
                  & Health Act of      fails to correct a
                  1977.                violation for
                                       which a citation
                                       or order was
                                       issued under
                                       104(a) of the Mine
                                       Act.
MSHA...........  Federal Mine Safety  Violation of         30 CFR 100.5(d)....  ..............  $338...............  ..............  $342.
                  & Health Act of      mandatory safety
                  1977.                standards related
                                       to smoking
                                       standards.
MSHA...........  Federal Mine Safety  Flagrant violations  30 CFR 100.5(e)....  ..............  $270,972...........  ..............  $274,175.
                  & Health Act of      under 110(b)(2) of
                  1977.                the Mine Act.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 209(b): Per  29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $31................  ..............  $31.
                  Income Security      plan year for
                  Act.                 failure to furnish
                                       reports (e.g.,
                                       pension benefit
                                       statements) to
                                       certain former
                                       employees or
                                       maintain employee
                                       records each
                                       employee a
                                       separate violation.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502 (c)(2)-- 29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $2,233.............  ..............  $2,259.
                  Income Security      Per day for
                  Act.                 failure/refusal to
                                       properly file plan
                                       annual report.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502 (c)(4)-- 29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $1,767.............  ..............  $1,788.
                  Income Security      Per day for
                  Act.                 failure to
                                       disclose certain
                                       documents upon
                                       request under
                                       ERISA 101(k) and
                                       (l); failure to
                                       furnish notices
                                       under 101(j) and
                                       514(e)(3)--each
                                       statutory
                                       recipient a
                                       separate violation.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502 (c)(5)-- 29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $1,625.............  ..............  $1,644.
                  Income Security      Per day for each
                  Act.                 failure to file
                                       annual report for
                                       Multiple Employer
                                       Welfare
                                       Arrangements
                                       (MEWAs) under
                                       101(g).
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502 (c)(6)-- 29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $159 per day, not    ..............  $161 per day, not
                  Income Security      Per day for each                                          to exceed $1,594                     to exceed $1,613
                  Act.                 failure to provide                                        per request.                         per request.
                                       Secretary of Labor
                                       requested
                                       documentation not
                                       to exceed a per-
                                       request maximum.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502 (c)(7)-- 29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $141...............  ..............  $143.
                  Income Security      Per day for each
                  Act.                 failure to provide
                                       notices of
                                       blackout periods
                                       and of right to
                                       divest employer
                                       securities--each
                                       statutory
                                       recipient a
                                       separate violation.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502 (c)(8)-- 29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $1,402.............  ..............  $1,419.
                  Income Security      Per each failure
                  Act.                 by an endangered
                                       status
                                       multiemployer plan
                                       to adopt a funding
                                       improvement plan
                                       or meet
                                       benchmarks; or
                                       failure of a
                                       critical status
                                       multiemployer plan
                                       to adopt a
                                       rehabilitation
                                       plan.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section              29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $119...............  ..............  $120.
                  Income Security      502(c)(9)(A)--Per
                  Act.                 day for each
                                       failure by an
                                       employer to inform
                                       employees of CHIP
                                       coverage
                                       opportunities
                                       under Section
                                       701(f)(3)(B)(i)(l)
                                       -each employee a
                                       separate violation.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section              29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $119...............  ..............  $120.
                  Income Security      502(c)(9)(B)--Per
                  Act.                 day for each
                                       failure by a plan
                                       to timely provide
                                       to any State
                                       information
                                       required to be
                                       disclosed under
                                       Section
                                       701(f)(3)(B)(ii),
                                       as added by CHIP
                                       regarding coverage
                                       coordination--each
                                       participant/
                                       beneficiary a
                                       separate violation.

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EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502(c)(10)-- 29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $119...............  ..............  $120.
                  Income Security      Failure by any
                  Act.                 plan sponsor of
                                       group health plan,
                                       or any health
                                       insurance issuer
                                       offering health
                                       insurance coverage
                                       in connection with
                                       the plan, to meet
                                       the requirements
                                       of Sections
                                       702(a)(1)(F),
                                       (b)(3), (c) or
                                       (d); or Section
                                       701; or Section
                                       702(b)(1) with
                                       respect to genetic
                                       information--daily
                                       per participant
                                       and beneficiary
                                       during non-
                                       compliance period.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502(c)(10)-- 29 CFR 2575.1-3....           2,970  ...................           3,005  ...................
                  Income Security      uncorrected de
                  Act.                 minimis violation.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502(c)(10)-- 29 CFR 2575.1-3....          17,824  ...................          18,035  ...................
                  Income Security      uncorrected
                  Act.                 violations that
                                       are not de minimis.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502(c)(10)-- 29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $594,129...........  ..............  $601,152.
                  Income Security      unintentional
                  Act.                 failure maximum
                                       cap.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502(c)(12)-- 29CFR 2575.1-3.....  ..............  $109...............  ..............  $110.
                  Income Security      Per day for each
                  Act.                 failure of a CSEC
                                       plan in
                                       restoration status
                                       to adopt a
                                       restoration plan.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Section 502 (m)--    29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $17,213............  ..............  $17,416.
                  Income Security      Failure of
                  Act.                 fiduciary to make
                                       a proper
                                       distribution from
                                       a defined benefit
                                       plan under section
                                       206(e) of ERISA.
EBSA...........  Employee Retirement  Failure to provide   29 CFR 2575.1-3....  ..............  $1,176.............  ..............  $1,190.
                  Income Security      Summary of
                  Act.                 Benefits Coverage
                                       under PHS Act
                                       section 2715(f),
                                       as incorporated in
                                       ERISA section 715
                                       and 29 CFR
                                       2590.715-2715(e).
OSHA...........  Occupational Safety  Serious Violation..  29 CFR               ..............  $13,494............  ..............  $13,653.
                  and Health Act.                           1903.15(d)(3).
OSHA...........  Occupational Safety  Other-Than-Serious.  29 CFR               ..............  $13,494............  ..............  $13,653.
                  and Health Act.                           1903.15(d)(4).
OSHA...........  Occupational Safety  Willful............  29 CFR                        9,639  $134,937...........           9,753  $136,532.
                  and Health Act.                           1903.15(d)(1).
OSHA...........  Occupational Safety  Repeated...........  29 CFR               ..............  $134,937...........  ..............  $136,532.
                  and Health Act.                           1903.15(d)(2).
OSHA...........  Occupational Safety  Posting Requirement  29 CFR               ..............  $13,494............  ..............  $13,653.
                  and Health Act.                           1903.15(d)(6).
OSHA...........  Occupational Safety  Failure to Abate...  29 CFR               ..............  $13,494 per day....  ..............  $13,653 per day.
                  and Health Act.                           1903.15(d)(5).
WHD............  Family and Medical   FMLA...............  29 CFR               ..............  $176...............  ..............  $178.
                  Leave Act.                                825.300(a)(1).
WHD............  Fair Labor           FLSA...............  29 CFR 578.3(a)....  ..............  $2,050.............  ..............  $2,074.
                  Standards Act.
WHD............  Fair Labor           Child Labor........  29 CFR 579.1(a)(2).  ..............  $2,050.............  ..............  $2,074.
                  Standards Act.
WHD............  Fair Labor           Child Labor........  29 CFR               ..............  $13,072............  ..............  $13,227.
                  Standards Act.                            570.140(b)(1).
WHD............  Fair Labor           Child Labor........  29 CFR               ..............  $13,072............  ..............  $13,227.
                  Standards Act.                            579.1(a)(1)(i)(A).
WHD............  Fair Labor           Child Labor that     29 CFR               ..............  $59,413............  ..............  $60,115.
                  Standards Act.       causes serious       570.140(b)(2).
                                       injury or death.
WHD............  Fair Labor           Child Labor that     29 CFR               ..............  $59,413............  ..............  $60,115.
                  Standards Act.       causes serious       579.1(a)(1)(i)(B).
                                       injury or death.
WHD............  Fair Labor           Child Labor willful  29 CFR               ..............  $118,827...........  ..............  $120,230.
                  Standards Act.       or repeated that     570.140(b)(2); 29
                                       causes serious       CFR
                                       injury or death      579.1(a)(1)(i)(B)
                                       (penalty amount      Doubled.
                                       doubled).
WHD............  Migrant and          MSPA...............  29 CFR 500.1(e)....  ..............  $2,549.............  ..............  $2,579.
                  Seasonal
                  Agricultural
                  Worker Protection
                  Act.
WHD............  Immigration &        H1B................  20 CFR               ..............  $1,928.............  ..............  $1,951.
                  Nationality Act.                          655.810(b)(1).
WHD............  Immigration &        H1B retaliation....  20 CFR 655.801(b)..  ..............  $7,846.............  ..............  $7,939.
                  Nationality Act.
WHD............  Immigration &        H1B willful or       20 CFR               ..............  $7,846.............  ..............  $7,939.
                  Nationality Act.     discrimination.      655.810(b)(2).
WHD............  Immigration &        H1B willful that     20 CFR               ..............  $54,921............  ..............  $55,570.
                  Nationality Act.     resulted in          655.810(b)(3).
                                       displacement of a
                                       US worker.

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WHD............  Immigration &        D-1................  20 CFR 655.620(a)..  ..............  $9,639.............  ..............  $9,753.
                  Nationality Act.
WHD............  Contract Work Hours  CWHSSA.............  29 CFR 5.5(b)(2)...  ..............  $27................  ..............  $27.
                  and Safety
                  Standards Act.
WHD............  Contract Work Hours  CWHSSA.............  29 CFR 5.8(a)......  ..............  $27................  ..............  $27.
                  and Safety
                  Standards Act.
WHD............  Walsh-Healey Public  Walsh-Healey.......  41 CFR 50-201.3(e).  ..............  $27................  ..............  $27.
                  Contracts Act.
WHD............  Employee Polygraph   EPPA...............  29 CFR 801.42(a)...  ..............  $21,410............  ..............  $21,663.
                  Protection Act.
WHD............  Immigration &        H2A................  29 CFR 501.19(c)...  ..............  $1,766.............  ..............  $1,787.
                  Nationality Act.
WHD............  Immigration &        H2A willful or       29 CFR 501.19(c)(1)  ..............  $5,942.............  ..............  $6,012.
                  Nationality Act.     discrimination.
WHD............  Immigration &        H2A Safety or        29 CFR 501.19(c)(2)  ..............  $58,833............  ..............  $59,528.
                  Nationality Act.     health resulting
                                       in serious injury
                                       or death.
WHD............  Immigration &        H2A willful or       29 CFR 501.19(c)(4)  ..............  $117,664...........  ..............  $119,055.
                  Nationality Act.     repeated safety or
                                       health resulting
                                       in serious injury
                                       or death.
WHD............  Immigration &        H2A failing to       29 CFR 501.19(d)...  ..............  $5,942.............  ..............  $6,012.
                  Nationality Act.     cooperate in an
                                       investigation.
WHD............  Immigration &        H2A displacing a US  29 CFR 501.19(e)...  ..............  $17,650............  ..............  $17,859.
                  Nationality Act.     worker.
WHD............  Immigration &        H2A improperly       29 CFR 501.19(f)...  ..............  $17,650............  ..............  $17,859.
                  Nationality Act.     rejecting a US
                                       worker.
WHD............  Immigration &        H-2B...............  29 CFR 503.23(b)...  ..............  $12,919............  ..............  $13,072.
                  Nationality Act.
WHD............  Immigration &        H-2B...............  29 CFR 503.23(c)...  ..............  $12,919............  ..............  $13,072.
                  Nationality Act.
WHD............  Immigration &        H-2B...............  29 CFR 503.23(d)...  ..............  $12,919............  ..............  $13,072.
                  Nationality Act.
WHD............  Fair Labor           Home Worker........  29 CFR 530.302(a)..  ..............  $1,071.............  ..............  $1,084.
                  Standards Act.
WHD............  Fair Labor           Home Worker........  29 CFR 530.302(b)..              21  $1,071.............              21  $1,084.
                  Standards Act.
OWCP...........  Longshore and        Failure to file      20 CFR 702.204.....  ..............  $24,441............  ..............  $24,730.
                  Harbor Workers'      first report of
                  Compensation Act.    injury or filing a
                                       false statement or
                                       misrepresentation
                                       in first report.
OWCP...........  Longshore and        Failure to report    20 CFR 702.236.....  ..............  $297...............  ..............  $301.
                  Harbor Workers'      termination of
                  Compensation Act.    payments.
OWCP...........  Longshore and        Discrimination       20 CFR                        2,444  $12,219............           2,473  $12,363.
                  Harbor Workers'      against employees    702.271(a)(2).
                  Compensation Act.    who claim
                                       compensation or
                                       testify in a LHWCA
                                       proceeding.
OWCP...........  Black Lung Benefits  Failure to report    20 CFR 725.621(d)..  ..............  $1,488.............  ..............  $1,506.
                  Act.                 termination of
                                       payments.
OWCP...........  Black Lung Benefits  Failure to secure    20 CFR                          146  ...................             148  ...................
                  Act.                 payment of           726.302(c)(2)(i).
                                       benefits for mines
                                       with fewer than 25
                                       employees.
OWCP...........  Black Lung Benefits  Failure to secure    20 CFR                          290  ...................             293  ...................
                  Act.                 payment of           726.302(c)(2)(i).
                                       benefits for mines
                                       with 25-50
                                       employees.
OWCP...........  Black Lung Benefits  Failure to secure    20 CFR                          436  ...................             441  ...................
                  Act.                 payment of           726.302(c)(2)(i).
                                       benefits for mines
                                       with 51-100
                                       employees.
OWCP...........  Black Lung Benefits  Failure to secure    20 CFR                          579  ...................             586  ...................
                  Act.                 payment of           726.302(c)(2)(i).
                                       benefits for mines
                                       with more than 100
                                       employees.
OWCP...........  Black Lung Benefits  Failure to secure    20 CFR                          146  ...................             148  ...................
                  Act.                 payment of           726.302(c)(4).
                                       benefits after
                                       10th day of notice.
OWCP...........  Black Lung Benefits  Failure to secure    20 CFR                          436  ...................             441  ...................
                  Act.                 payment of           726.302(c)(5).
                                       benefits for
                                       repeat offenders.
OWCP...........  Black Lung Benefits  Failure to secure    20 CFR               ..............  $2,976.............  ..............  $3,011.
                  Act.                 payment of           726.302(c)(5).
                                       benefits.
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