Coming on the heels of their significantly increasing the overtime exemption threshold, the Department of Labor (DOL) has now issued an interim final rule that increases civil penalties for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and all laws under their jurisdiction.  Under the new regulation, which is still open for comment until August 15, the maximum penalty for a repeated or willful violation of the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the FLSA will increase from $1100 to $1894 per violation.  Further, willful violation of the FMLA posting requirement, currently assessed a penalty of $110 will increase to $163 per violation.  The increased penalties are effective beginning of next month, August 1, 2016 for violations occurring after November 2, 2015.