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2002 Newsroom Archive

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

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December

  • Former Trustees of Ridgefield, Connecticut Employer's 401(k) Plan Agree to Restore Funds to Plan [12/31/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues to Obtain Independent Fiduciary For Abandoned New York 401(K) Plan [12/30/2002]
  • Labor Department Clarifies Existing Guidance on How Selection of Annuity Providers Applies to Defined Contribution Pension Plans [12/23/2002]
  • Trustees of Torrington, Connecticut, Company Pension Plan to Make Restitution to Plan Participants [12/23/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Former Ohio Executive Over Profit Sharing Plan Investments [12/20/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Wisconsin Radio Broadcasters For Misusing Workers' Pension Contributions [12/12/2002]
  • Labor Department Publishes Year 2002 Form M-1 for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements [12/12/2002]
  • Labor Department Announces Adoption of Amendment to Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) 97-11 [12/11/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Indiana Trucking Company and Pension Trustee Over Employee Contributions [12/11/2002]
  • Labor Department Seeks Appointment of Independent Fiduciary for Orphaned San Diego Profit Sharing Plan [12/10/2002]
  • Labor Department Seeks Restoration of Losses to Santa Monica Profit Sharing Plan [12/10/2002]

November

  • Labor Department Obtains Judgment Barring Former Maryland Executive From Service to Employee Benefit Plans [11/20/2002]
  • Labor Department's Lawsuit Recovers Interest For Mortgage Corporation of America's Retirement Plan [11/18/2002]
  • Pension And Welfare Benefits Administration Releases Field Assistance Bulletin on "Float" Issues [11/14/2002]
  • Pension And Welfare Benefits Administration Releases Field Assistance Bulletin on Multiemployer Plan Trustees [11/12/2002]
  • Labor Department Settlement With Humboldt, Tennessee Doctor to Restore Funds to Money Purchase Plan [11/08/2002]
  • Assistant Secretary Ann L. Combs Announces Record Enforcement Results At Business Writers' Conference [11/04/2002]

October

  • Labor Department Obtains Judgment Ordering New Jersey Bakery and Executive to Restore More than $70,000 to 401(k) Plan [10/30/2002]
  • Labor Department Settles Part of Its Lawsuit With U.S. Alliance Health Care Officials [10/25/2002]
  • Iowa Corporation and Co-Owner Ordered to Restore Funds to 401(k) Plan [10/22/2002]
  • Former Illinois Executive is Ordered to Restore Employee Contributions to 401(k) Plan [10/22/2002]
  • Labor Department Seeks Appointment of Independent Fiduciary for Orphaned Illinois Profit Sharing Plan [10/22/2002]
  • Labor Department Settles Lawsuit With Sutersville, Pennsylvania Employee Benefit Plan Officials [10/22/2002]
  • Labor Department Issues Rules on Disclosure of Pension Plan "Blackout Periods" [10/18/2002]
  • Labor Department Adopts Amendment To Broker-Dealers Exemption [10/16/2002]
  • Pension And Welfare Benefits Administration Announces New Compliance Assistance Tool [10/16/2002]
  • Labor Department Obtains Court Order Freezing Assets of Florida Health Plan [10/11/2002]
  • Labor Department Settles Pension Fund Charges Against Wells Fargo Bank Over Purchase of Company Stock [10/10/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Administrator of Cincinnati Pension Fund For Failure to Forward Employee Contributions [10/10/2002]
  • Trucking Company Official to Repay Losses To Simplified Pension Accounts of Company Employees [10/09/2002]
  • Labor Department, IRS Announce Joint Project for Failing to File Form 5500 Returns/Reports - Delinquent Filers Encouraged to Use Compliance Assistance Program [10/07/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Southprint International, LLC and Its Former President for Misusing Plan Assets [10/04/2002]
  • Owner of Defunct Minnesota Printing Company To Repay Over $45,000 to 401(K) Plan [10/03/2002]
  • Mississippi State Medical Association Employee Sentenced To Probation for Embezzling Health Plan Funds [10/01/2002]

September

  • Labor Department Settles Lawsuit with Colorado Springs-Based Johnson Plumbing Plan Official [09/30/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Eyeglass Factory Plans' Official For Failure to Forward Employee Contributions [09/27/2002]
  • Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao Calls on Congress to Pass Association Health Plan Legislation: Census Shows Number of Uninsured Americans on the Rise [09/27/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Trustee Of Illinois Profit Sharing Plan For Failure to Forward Employee Contributions [09/27/2002]
  • Labor Department Settles Lawsuit Against Alabama Health Plan Administrator for Improper Fees, Commissions, Loans [09/27/2002]
  • Labor Department Lawsuit Settled With RADAC Corporation Officials Over Employee Stock Ownership Plan [09/26/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Executives of Two Defunct California Companies For Failing to Remit Employee Contributions [09/26/2002]
  • Technical Amendment Extends Mental Health Parity Act Regulatory Sunset Date to December 31, 2002 [09/26/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Beaumont, Texas Mortgage Lender Over Employee Contributions to Health Plan [09/25/2002]
  • Labor Department Files Complaint Against Trustee Of Merrill E. Schmidt DDS, Inc., Defined Benefit Pension Plan For Misusing Assets [09/17/2002]
  • Media Advisory - HIPAA and Other Health Laws: Compliance Assistance Seminar [09/17/2002]

  • Labor Department's Lawsuit Names Independent Fiduciary To Terminate Sun Country Airline's Pension Plan [09/16/2002]
  • Secretary Elaine L. Chao Releases Report on Association Health Plans: Improving Access to Affordable Quality Health Care for Small Businesses [09/13/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Plumbers' Pension Trustees Over Florida Investment [09/12/2002]
  • Secretary Elaine L. Chao Releases 2002 National SAVER Summit Report [09/06/2002]

August

  • Labor Department Solicits Nominations for ERISA Advisory Council [08/30/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Alexandria, Minnesota SIMPLE IRA Plan Official for Delinquent Contributions [08/30/2002]
  • Minnesota Trustees are Permanently Barred from Managing Plan Assets in Judgment Obtained by Labor Department [08/30/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Marche' Associates For Failing to Forward Contributions to Plan [08/26/2002]
  • Labor Department Seeks to Have Funds Restored To Humboldt, Tennessee Money Purchase Plan [08/23/2002]
  • Labor Department Recovers Assets for Pension Plan Of Chicago Ice Machine Company [08/23/2002]
  • Labor Department Judgment Requires Plan Official to Purchase Stock from Pension Plan [08/06/2002]
  • Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Assistance to Help Small Businesses Avoid Health Benefit Scams - Advocates Stronger Protections and Greater Access to Health Benefits [08/06/2002]

July

  • PWBA Answers Frequently Asked Questions about the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program [07/31/02]
  • Labor Department Sues Michigan Company and Owners for Misusing Plan Assets [07/29/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Minnesota Printing Company to Recover Employee Contributions for 401(K) Plan [07/29/2002]
  • Labor Department Settles Lawsuit Against Denver Plan Official [07/12/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Minnesota Landscaper to Recover 401(k) Assets [07/08/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Atlas Lock & Key Officers For Failing to Forward Employee Contributions to 401(k) Plan [07/08/2002]
  • Labor Department Amends EXPRO [07/02/2002]
  • ERISA Advisory Council to Hold Working Group Meetings in July [07/02/2002]
  • Labor Department's Lawsuit Names Independent Fiduciary To Terminate DCT's 401(k) Plan [07/02/2002]

June

  • Labor Department Sues Dayton, Ohio Plan Fiduciary for Misusing Company Plan Assets [06/24/2002]
  • Labor Department Secures Temporary Restraining Order Against Georgia Health Plan Operators [06/18/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Bankrupt Florida Firm and Trustees For Misuse of 401(k) Pension Assets [06/13/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Computer America Training Centers' 401(k) Trustee [06/07/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Virginia Firm and Owner Over Misuse of Retirement and Health Plan Assets [06/05/2002]
  • Defunct Illinois Corporation Sued Over Employee Pension Contributions and Loans [06/05/2002]
  • Employee Benefit Plan Administrator Agrees To Distribute Nearly $250,000 To Health Plan Clients To Settle Labor Department Lawsuit [06/04/2002]
  • Illinois Corporation Makes Restitution To Employee Benefit Plan [06/03/2002]

May

  • Labor Department Judgment Restores Assets To Participants of Michigan Corporate Pension Plan [05/30/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Longshoremen's Local 1969 Plans' Trustees and Service Providers for Misuse of Fund Assets [05/29/2002]
  • Labor Department Issues Additional Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" on the Claims Procedure Regulation [05/29/2002]
  • Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao Urges Senate Committee to Address Retirement Issues of Women [05/23/2002]
  • Labor Department Proposes Amendment For Underwriter Exemptions [05/21/2002]
  • Independent Fiduciary Appointed To Operate New York Health and Welfare Plan In Consent Order Obtained By Labor Department [05/17/2002]
  • Maryland 401(k) Official Makes Restitution For Failure To Collect Court Judgment [05/16/2002]
  • Warwick, Rhode Island Company and Officers Agree to Settle Federal Lawsuit Alleging Misuse of Employee Profit Sharing Plan Funds [05/15/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Defunct Arkansas Trucking Company and Owner For Misusing Employee Benefit Plan Assets [05/15/2002]
  • Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao To Meet With 2002 ERISA Advisory Council [05/09/2002]

April

  • ERISA Advisory Council to Hold First Meeting of 2002 [04/25/2002]
  • Labor Department Announces Plan to Correct Non-Standard Form 5500 Returns/Reports [04/21/2002]
  • Labor Department Settles Lawsuit With Defunct Mid-Continent Holding Company's Pension Plan Trustee [04/19/2002]
  • Independent Expert Takes Charge of Enron Pension Plans; Enron Officials Removed Secretary Chao Says Action Is Victory For Enron Workers [04/19/2002]
  • Independent Fiduciary Appointed To Oversee Stock Investments Of Syracuse Corporate Pension Plans [04/17/2002]
  • Profit Sharing Plan Participants Formerly Employed by Simsbury, Connecticut, Employer Will Receive Pension Benefits [04/17/2002]
  • Retirement Funds Restored to South Bay Workers Labor Department Settles with Sunnyvale Electronics Manufacturer [04/16/2002]
  • U.S. Labor Department Files Suit Against International Paper Box Machine Company and Officers for ERISA Violations [04/16/2002]
  • Labor Department Restores 401(K) Funds To Phoenix Software Company Workers [04/12/2002]
  • Labor Secretary Applauds Passage Of Pension Protection Bill [04/11/2002]
  • Labor Department Bars Packaging Graphics Executive From Service to Employee Benefit Plans [04/10/2002]
  • Labor Department Settles Lawsuit With Ft. Lauderdale Bankruptcy Trustee [04/10/2002]
  • Labor Department Rule Expands Electronic Disclosure Options For Employee Benefit Plans [04/08/2002]

March

  • Labor Department Announces Expansion Of Compliance Assistance Programs For Employee Benefit Plans [03/27/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Illinois Firm and President For Misuse Of Pension Contributions [03/27/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Union Labor Life Insurance Co. And Investment Manager Over $10 Million Pension Investment [03/25/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Iowa Fiduciaries for Using Plan Money to Cover Employment Related Expenses [03/22/2002]
  • 401(k) Plan Trustee Agrees To Repay Participants Following Legal Action By U.S. Labor Department [03/22/2002]
  • New York District 6 Health and Pension Plan Officials Sued Over Plan Expenses [03/21/2002]
  • 401(k) Funds Restored to East Bay Workers Labor Department Assists Former Employees of Bankrupt Company [03/20/2002]
  • Michigan Plan Trustees Resign and Restore $597,775 To Millwrights' Supplemental Pension and Health Plans [03/20/02]
  • Labor Department Proposes Amendment Of Streamlined Exemption Process [03/19/2002]
  • Labor Department Recovers $3.6 Million From Bennett Funding Group [03/18/2002]
  • Labor Department Seeks to Shut Down Abandoned 401(k) Plan [03/15/2002]
  • Labor Department Settles Suit Against Page International of Paducah, Kentucky For Federal Pension Law Violations [03/15/2002]
  • Department Of Labor Announces Enron Independent Fiduciary State Street To Replace Enron's Retirement Administrative Committee [03/14/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues California Metal Company Over Stock Contributed To Pension Plan [03/14/2002]
  • Labor Department Settles Suit Against Craig, Colorado Plan Trustee For Failure to Remit Employee Contributions [03/13/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Trustees Of Bankrupt Michigan Company For Interest On Plan Assets [03/12/2002]
  • Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao Emphasizes Women's Need To Save Retirement Security And Financial Independence Top Priority Of Labor Department [03/04/2002]

February

  • Labor Secretary Issues Challenge: Increase Retirement Savings and Security SAVER Summit Draws Crowd of 250 Financial and Retirement Leaders [02/28/2002]
  • Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Live Webcast of Summit on Retirement Security Event Will Focus on Addressing Generational Issues [02/26/2002]
  • U.S Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Announces Generational Theme of Retirement Summit [02/25/2002]
  • Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Federal Reserve Chairman Greenspan To Address Retirement Savings Summit "Advocates Consumer Education About Financial Technologies" [02/22/2002]
  • Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Federal Reserve Chairman Greenspan To Address Retirement Savings Summit "Advocates Consumer Education About Financial Technologies" [02/22/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Louisiana Executives For Misusing Pension Assets Of Health Care Firm [02/22/2002]
  • Secretary Of Labor Elaine L. Chao Hosts 2002 Saver Summit - Major Speeches Will Be Available Via Webcast [02/21/2002]
  • Wisconsin Plan Trustee to Forfeit Own Account to Repay Plan for Misusing Profit-Sharing Assets [02/14/2002]
  • Labor Secretary Chao Announces Agreement To Replace Enron Pension Plan Officials-Independent Fiduciary will Assume Management of Retirement Plans [02/13/2002]
  • Dallas Executive Barred from Managing Benefit Plans under Labor Department Court Order [02/12/2002]
  • Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces New Toll Free Number - Nationwide Assistance to Answer Retirement and Health Inquiries of Workers, Employers [02/11/2002]
  • Statement from Ann Combs, Assistant Secretary for the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration [02/11/2002]
  • Labor Department Finalizes Exemption For Plans Engaging In Securities Cross-Trades [02/11/2002]
  • Nevada Court Freezes Assets of Health Associations And Principals of Employers Mutual [02/08/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Colorado Trustee For Failure To Make Timely Plan Deposit [02/07/2002]
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Announces 2002 Retirement Saver Summit Agenda [02/07/2002]
  • Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao Says Americans Deserve Choice, Confidence and Control in Retirement Security [02/06/2002]

January

  • Labor Department Sues Northfield, Ill. 401(k) Trustee For Misusing Pension Assets [01/28/2002]
  • Agencies Release Year 2001 Form 5500 And Form 5500-EZ [01/24/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Hennepin County Financial Group For Failing to Forward Employees' Withholdings to Pension Plan [01/23/2002]
  • Labor Department Sues Trustees of Lee Bailey Communications, Inc. Pension Plan For Misusing Plan Assets [01/14/2002]
  • Labor Department Resolves Suit Against Erickson Cosmetics President Over Health Plan Violations [01/11/2002]
  • Trustee Subject of Department of Labor Orphaned Pension Plan Lawsuit [01/11/2002]
  • Labor Department Issues Final Rules To Assist Plan Participants In Obtaining SPDs And Other Plan Document [01/08/2002]
  • SAI MED Health Plan Officials Barred From Serving ERISA Plans [01/04/2002]
  • Independent Fiduciary Named to Administer Infotex, Ltd. "Orphaned" Pension Plan and Distribute its Assets [01/04/2002]

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.