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Hidden in "Build Back Better", up to $700,00 fine to small businesses

November 19th, 2021 the $2 Trillion H.R. 5376 “Build Back Better Act” Bill passed in Congress. It now goes to the Senate for approval.

This bill includes penalties of up to $700,000 on small businesses for violating OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) mandates.

In section 21004 Adjustment of Civil Penalties of the HR5376 (Build Back Better), fines were increased for not following/complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970, (29 U.S.C. 666). And noted below, according to Forbes research Covid has now been deemed a workplace hazard.

Code 666:


Section A:


"(a) Each employer-

(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees;

(2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this chapter.

(b) Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this chapter which are applicable to his own actions and conduct."

According to Forbes, Covid-19 was justified as a "workplace hazard for healthcare employment".


Below are the adjusted fines from HR 5376 found on page 168:


10 (a) OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT OF 11 1970.—Section 17 of the Occupational Safety and Health

12 Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 666) is amended—

13 (1) in subsection (a)— 14 (A) by striking ‘$70,000’ and inserting 15 ‘$700,000’; and 16 (B) by striking ‘$5,000’ and inserting 17 ‘$50,000’; 18 (2) in subsection (b), by striking ‘$7,000’ and 19 inserting ‘$70,000’; and 20 (3) in subsection (d), by striking ‘$7,000’ and 21 inserting ‘$70,000’."

HR 5376 page 168 found here:

Text - H.R.5376 - 117th Congress (2021-2022): Build Back Better Act | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

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