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EEOC Increases Fine for Posting Violations

Wednesday, June 8, 2016   (0 Comments)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a federal agency that protects job applicants and workers from discrimination. Private employers, state and local governments and educational institutions employing 15 or more individuals as well as federal contractors and federal subcontractors must comply with certain EEOC posting requirements.

Employers covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act are federally mandated to post notices regarding these laws enforced by the EEOC. The notices must be displayed in "prominent and accessible" places in the workplace where notices to employees, applicants, and members are customarily maintained. Failure to do so may result in a penalty.

Pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, the EEOC first increased the civil monetary penalty for posting violations in 1997. A subsequent increase occurred in 2014. Effective July 5, 2016, the penalty for violating notice posting requirements will again increase and will more than double from $210 to $525. These increases are part of a legally-required periodic review on possible adjustments for inflation.

The EEOC stated in its final ruling on June 2, that "[t]he purpose of the adjustment is to maintain the remedial impact of civil monetary penalties and promote compliance with the law."

Employers may access the federally-mandated "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" poster online by clicking here. And to read the final rule in its entirety click here

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