Health & Safety Code Section 502.014
(a)The department may assess an administrative penalty against an employer who violates this chapter, department rules adopted under this chapter, or an order issued under this chapter.
(b)If the department finds one or more violations of this chapter, the department may issue a notice of violation to the employer. The notice of violation shall specifically describe the violation, refer to the applicable section or subsection of the chapter, and state the amount of the penalty, if any, to be assessed by the department.
(c)An employer who receives a notice of violation may respond to the department in writing within 15 days after the date of receipt of the notice of violation in one of the ways provided by Subsection (d), (e), or (f).
(d)If the employer disputes the validity of the violation and has reason to believe that the findings of the department were based on inaccurate or incomplete information, the employer may request an informal conference with representatives of the department. The purpose of an informal conference is to permit the employer to meet with department representatives to discuss the basis of the violation and to provide information to the department. The department shall schedule the informal conference. A request for an informal conference made in bad faith is a violation of this chapter.
(e)The employer may correct the violation and certify to the department that the corrections have been made.
(f)The employer may request a hearing.
(g)Following an informal conference, the department shall respond in writing to the employer, stating whether the department intends to withdraw the notice of violation or pursue it. If the department intends to pursue the notice of violation, the employer may respond as provided by either Subsection (h) or (i) within 10 days after the date of receipt of the department’s correspondence.
(h)The employer may correct the violation and certify to the department that the corrections have been made.
(i)The employer may request a hearing.
(j)A request for an informal conference or a statement by an employer that the employer is in compliance with the provision of this chapter does not waive the employer’s right to a hearing.
(k)The department may not assess an administrative penalty for any violation that has been corrected within 15 days after the date of receipt of the notice of violation, the date of receipt of the department’s response by the employer, or 10 days after the date of receipt by the employer of the department’s response to the informal conference provided for in Subsection (g), whichever is later.
(l)In determining the amount of the penalty, the department shall consider:
(1)the employer’s previous violations;
(2)the seriousness of the violation;
(3)any hazard to the health and safety of the employee;
(4)the employer’s demonstrated good faith;
(5)the duration of the violation; and
(6)other matters as justice may require.
(m)Each day a violation continues may be considered a separate violation.
(n)The penalty may not exceed $500 for each violation.
Section 502.014 — Administrative Penalty,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.502.htm#502.014 (accessed Dec. 9, 2023).