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Wage and Hour Division

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Compliance Assistance - Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA)

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Fact Sheet

Civil Money Penalty Inflation Adjustments

Starting in 2016, agencies across the federal government must adjust their penalties for inflation each year. Below is a table that reflects the adjustments that have occurred for penalties under this statute. For more information on the penalty adjustments, go here.

Type of Violation Statutory Citation CFR Citation Maximum Civil Monetary Penalty before 8/1/2016 Maximum Civil Monetary Penalty after 8/1/2016
(1) Failure to pay laborers and mechanics at a rate not less than one and one-half times their basic rate of pay 40 USC 3702(c) 29 CFR 5.8(a) and 29 CFR 5.5(b)(2) $10 $25