New Department of Justice and Department of Labor Regulations Increase Monetary Penalties for False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Act and OSHA Violations

Federal agencies are increasing civil monetary penalties for the violation of numerous federal laws for the first time since the 1990’s.[1] Of particular concern to government contractors are recent interim final rule changes issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice (“DOJ”) and Labor (“DOL”) that have increased the maximum penalties for violation of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act by a whopping 96%, and increased the maximum penalties for certain OSHA violations by an equally astounding 78%. The changes are effective August 1, 2016. DOJ and DOL have applied these substantial “catch up adjustments” to civil penalties based on
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