Criteria for Determining a Civil Penalty
The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries may consider the following mitigating and aggravating circumstances when determining the amount of any civil penalty to be assessed and cite those the commissioner finds to be appropriate:
The history of the employer in taking all necessary measures to prevent or correct violations of statutes or rules;
Prior violations, if any, of statutes or rules;
The magnitude and seriousness of the violation;
Whether the employer knew or should have known of the violation;
The opportunity and degree of difficulty to comply;
Whether the employer’s action or inaction has resulted in the loss of a substantive right of an employee.
It shall be the responsibility of the employer to provide the commissioner any mitigating evidence concerning the amount of the civil penalty to be assessed.
Notwithstanding any other section of this rule, the commissioner shall consider all mitigating circumstances presented by the employer for the purpose of reducing the amount of the civil penalty to be assessed.