Fines for violations of federal workplace safety laws are set to increase for the first time in 25 years. The bipartisan budget deal signed by President Obama in November requires the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to begin imposing higher penalties by Aug. 1, 2016. “Simply put, OSHA penalties must be increased to provide a real disincentive for employers accepting injuries and worker deaths as a cost of doing business,” Dr. David Michaels, the director of OSHA, said in October before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

via: Jennifer Gollan, Reveal News