EEOC Doubles Fine for Poster Violation
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is increasing the fine for failing to post the required federal nondiscrimination notice to $525 per separate posting violation, beginning July 5, 2016.
This more than doubles the current fine which is set at $210. The EEOC requires every employer covered by Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act to post information describing the applicable provisions of these nondiscrimination laws. The EEOC’s consolidated notice, “EEO is the Law,” satisfies this legal requirement.
The increase, published in today’s Federal Register, is a result of the “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015” which requires the EEOC and other federal agencies to issue annual regulations adjusting for inflation the maximum civil penalty. While the initial adjustment takes place in July, future adjustments are required by January 15 of each year.
CalChamber’s convenient, all-in-one poster contains the 17 state and federal employment notices every California employer must post, including the “EEO is the Law” notice. Updates for 2016 include the mandatory change to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing Pregnancy Disability Leave notice (updated for 4/1/2016), plus the updated Division of Worker’s Compensation Notice to Employees: Injuries Caused by Work (updated for 1/1/2016).