The Department of Labor published a final rule on January 14, 2022 adjusting penalties under the Inflation Adjustment Act for 2022. Annual adjustments to penalties assessed by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C. §901, et seq., are as follows:
Section 14(g) of the Act, 20 C.F.R. § 702.236: Failure to Report Termination of Payments (Form LS-208): The penalty amount has increased from $301 to $320.
Section 30(e) of the Act, 20 C.F.R. § 702.204: Penalty for Late Report of Injury or Death (Form LS-202): The maximum penalty amount has increased from $24,730 to $26,269.
Section 49 of the LHWCA, 20 C.F.R. § 702.271(a)(2): Discrimination Against Employees Who Bring Proceedings: The penalty amount has increased from a $2,473 minimum and a $12,363 maximum to a $2,627 minimum and $13,132 maximum.
These increases in penalties took effect January 15, 2022.