OSHA , the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is increasing the fines it assesses for the first time in 25 years, and they’re going to do it with gusto!  Effective August 1, 2016, OSHA will be required to implement an initial penalty “catch-up adjustment”, tied to the percentage difference between the October 2015 and October 1990 Consumer Price Index (forecast to be approximately 80 percent!  Consequently, the maximum fine for a “Serious Violation” will increase from the current $7,000 to $12,600, while that for repeat or willful violation goes from $70,000 to $126,000!  OSHA is required to publish their plan by July 1, 2016 with fines effective one month later.  We also understand that subsequently, annual adjustments equal to the percentage increase in the CPI will be incorporated into the fine and penalty structure by January 15 of each year.  We understand that if an OSHA inspection occurs prior to August 1st this year, but the citation isn’t received until sometime thereafter, the increased penalties will be assessed!  Speaking of OSHA and with all the hoopla about transgendered individuals lately, we would remind you that the agency requires all employers under its jurisdiction to accommodate employees based on which gender that employee identifies with.  OSHA rules state that “restricting employees to using only restrooms that are not consistent with their gender identity, or segregating them from other workers by requiring them to use gender-neutral or other specific restrooms, singles those employees out and may make them fear for their physical safety.”