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Title 29Subtitle BChapter VSubchapter APart 530 → Subpart D

Title 29: Labor

Subpart D—Civil Money Penalties

§530.301   General.
§530.302   Amounts of civil money penalties.
§530.303   Considerations in determining amounts.
§530.304   Procedures for assessment.

Source: 53 FR 45724, Nov. 10, 1988, unless otherwise noted.

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§530.301   General.

A system of civil money penalties is established to provide a remedy for any violation of the FLSA related to homework (except child labor violations, which are subject to civil money penalties pursuant to part 579 of this chapter), or for any violation of the homeworker regulations or employers' assurances pursuant to this part, which are not so serious as to warrant denial or revocation of a certificate. Accordingly, no civil money penalty will be assessed for conduct which serves as the basis of proposed denial or revocation of a certificate. (See subpart C of this part.) Civil money penalties will be assessed only against employers who are operating under a certificate or who are seeking certification.

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§530.302   Amounts of civil money penalties.

(a) A civil money penalty, not to exceed $1,071 per affected homeworker for any one violation, may be assessed for any violation of the Act or of this part or of the assurances given in connection with the issuance of a certificate.

(b) The amount of civil money penalties shall be determined per affected homeworker within the limits set forth in the following schedule, except that no penalty shall be assessed in the case of violations which are deemed to be de minimis in nature:

Nature of violationPenalty per affected homeworker
MinorSubstantialRepeated, intentional
or knowing
Monetary violations21-214214-428
Employment of homeworkers without a certificate214-428428-1,071
Other violations of statutes, regulations or employer assurances21-214214-428428-1,071

[81 FR 43450, July 1, 2016, as amended at 82 FR 5381, Jan. 18, 2017; 83 FR 13, Jan. 2, 2018; 84 FR 218, Jan. 23, 2019; 85 FR 2298, Jan. 15, 2020]

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§530.303   Considerations in determining amounts.

(a) In determining the amount of a penalty within any range, the Administrator shall take into account the presence or absence of circumstances such as the following:

(1) Good faith attempts to comply with the Act or regulations;

(2) Extent to which the violation is under the employer's control;

(3) Non-culpable ignorance of the requirements of the Act or regulations;

(4) False documents or representations; and

(5) Exercise of due care.

(b) An employer's financial inability to meet obligations under the Act shall not constitute a mitigating or extenuating circumstance.

(c) No civil money penalty shall be assessed against an employer, who applies for a certificate, solely for employing homeworkers, provided the employer is not currently under investigation by the Wage and Hour Division.

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§530.304   Procedures for assessment.

Assessment of penalties pursuant to this section, including administrative proceedings, shall be in accordance with the procedures set out in subpart E of this part.

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