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Pelosi Adds Provision To $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Bill That Could See Fines Of Up To $700,000

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In what could be one of the single greatest displays of federal government power in history, Joe Biden has a plan and this plan is about how to punish companies who do not require their employees to submit to a vaccine mandate.

In the 2,465-page “Build Back Better Bill” now being debated in Congress there is a vaccine enforcement mechanism that could see companies fined up to $700,000 for companies who do not mandate that their employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, The Daily Mail reported.

The increased fines on employers could go as high as $70,000 for serious infractions, and $700,000 for willful or repeated violations – a sum which can be applied to each instance of a violation rather than a total limit.

If enacted into law, the fines could rapidly bankrupt companies whose employees are not vaccinated, in effect forcing businesses to comply with Biden’s inoculation drive.

It comes after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published an emergency Covid-19 rule in the Federal Register this summer, which added Covid-19 to a list of possible workplace hazards for healthcare employment.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet announced when the House will vote on the reconciliation bill that includes the new vaccine enforcement mechanism.

Biden first announced that companies with 100 employees or more must enforce a vaccine mandate or weekly testing policy or face fines.

He also said that those who work in the healthcare industry and whose companies receive payments from Medicare or Medicaid must be vaccinated and that all federal employees have to be vaccinated.

As it stands business that violate the rule can be fined up to $14,000, but the proposed fines in the near $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill could jump those fines around 10 times higher, Forbes reported.

On Saturday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House quietly tucked an enforcement mechanism into their $3.5 trillion “reconciliation” bill, passed it out of the Budget Committee, and sent it to the House floor.

Buried on page 168 of the House Democrats’ 2,465-page mega bill is a tenfold increase in fines for employers that “willfully,” “repeatedly,” or even seriously violate a section of labor law that deals with hazards, death, or serious physical harm to their employees.

The increased fines on employers could run as high as $70,000 for serious infractions, and $700,000 for willful or repeated violations—almost three-quarters of a million dollars for each fine. If enacted into law, vax enforcement could bankrupt non-compliant companies even more quickly than the $14,000 OSHA fine anticipated under Biden’s announced mandate.

The provision reads:

SEC. 21004. ADJUSTMENT OF CIVIL PENALTIES.

(a) OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT OF 1970.—Section 17 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 666) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) by striking ‘‘$70,000’’ and inserting ‘‘$700,000’’; and

(B) by striking ‘‘$5,000’’ and inserting ‘‘$50,000’’;

(2) in subsection (b), by striking ‘‘$7,000’’ and inserting ‘‘$70,000’’; and

(3) in subsection (d), by striking ‘‘$7,000’’ and inserting ‘‘$70,000’’

The existing law they will apparently use to enforce this is the ominously numbered 1970 enacted law, 29 U.S.C.§ 666, which reads:

29 U.S. Code § 666 – Civil and criminal penalties

(a) Willful or repeated violation Any employer who willfully or repeatedly violates the requirements of section 654 of this title, any standard, rule, or order promulgated pursuant to section 655 of this title, or regulations prescribed pursuant to this chapter may be assessed a civil penalty of not more than $70,000 for each violation, but not less than $5,000 for each willful violation

(b) Citation for serious violation Any employer who has received a citation for a serious violation of the requirements of section 654 of this title, of any standard, rule, or order promulgated pursuant to section 655 of this title, or of any regulations prescribed pursuant to this chapter, shall be assessed a civil penalty of up to $7,000 for each such violation.

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