Penalties for occupational safety and health citations, 3.11(1)
LABOR SERVICES DIVISION
Adopted and Filed
Rule making related to penalties for occupational safety and health citations
The Labor Commissioner hereby amends Chapter 3, "Posting, Inspections, Citations and Proposed Penalties," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 88.14.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code chapter 88.
Purpose and Summary
This amendment makes mandatory, annual cost-of-living adjustments in order to align Iowa's penalties for occupational safety and health citations with the corresponding federal penalties.
Public Comment and Changes to Rule Making
Notice of Intended Action for this rule making was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on February 26, 2020, as ARC 4938C. No public comments were received. One change from the Notice has been made to the effective date in the introductory paragraph of subrule 3.11(1).
Adoption of Rule Making
This rule making was adopted by the Commissioner on July 29, 2020.
The penalty increases may result in a small increase in penalties deposited in the general fund.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Commissioner for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
This rule making will become effective on October 3, 2020.
The following rule-making action is adopted:
Amend subrule 3.11(1) as follows:
3.11(1) The civil penalties proposed by the labor commissioner on or after May 29, 2019 October 3, 2020, are as follows:
a. Willful violation. The penalty for each willful violation under Iowa Code section 88.14(1) shall not be less than $9,472 $9,639 and shall not exceed $132,598 $134,937.
b. Repeated violation. The penalty for each repeated violation under Iowa Code section 88.14(1) shall not exceed $132,598 $134,937.
c. Serious violation. The penalty for each serious violation under Iowa Code section 88.14(2) shall not exceed $13,260 $13,494.
d. Other-than-serious violation. The penalty for each other-than-serious violation under Iowa Code section 88.14(3) shall not exceed $13,260 $13,494.
e. Failure to correct violation. The penalty for failure to correct a violation under Iowa Code section 88.14(4) shall not exceed $13,260 $13,494 per day.
f. Posting, reporting, or record-keeping violation. The penalty for each posting, reporting, or record-keeping violation under Iowa Code section 88.14(9) shall not exceed $13,260 $13,494.
[Filed 7/31/20, effective 10/3/20]
Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 8/26/20.