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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

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

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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.

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Type of Violation Statutory Citation CFR Citation Maximum Civil Monetary Penalty on or before 1/23/2019 Maximum Civil Monetary Penalty on or after 1/24/2019
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) $26 $27