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The DOL seems to be shifting gears from enforcement to prevention, visible in the more lenient settlement agreement announcements that have been announced since he took office. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Employers who skirt employment law will find themselves facing harsher penalties, says a filing by the Federal Register, after the Department of Labor has increased penalties for violations.

HRDive reports that employers will be on the hook for an average of 2 percent more across the board for any violations, according to a Bloomberg Law report, with maximum penalty increases for violating minimum-wage and overtime rules increasing from $1,925 to $1,964, while child labor laws violations have risen from $12,278 to $12,529 and anti-retaliation and discrimination laws under visa programs are up from $20,111 to $20,521.

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