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2004 Newsroom Archive

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

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December

  • Bush Administration Announces Final Rules On Portability of Health Coverage [12/30/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Lawsuit Restores over $35,000 to Worcester Pension Plan [12/23/2004]
  • Labor Department Publishes 2004 Form M-1 For Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements -- Online Filing Is Available [12/20/2004]
  • Owner of Central Michigan Trucking Company Sued To Recover Employee 401(k) Contributions [12/20/2004]
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration Releases Guidance on the Duties of a Directed Trustee [12/17/2004]
  • Mental Health Parity Act Extended to December 31, 2005 [12/16/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Court Order Reimbursing California Health Benefit Fund [12/15/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues President of Defunct Pennsylvania Company Over Delinquent 401(k) Contributions [12/10/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Dallas Company 401(k) Plan; Trustees To Restore Employee Contributions [12/07/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Owner of Defunct Detroit Valet Parking Service Over Delinquent 401(k) Contributions [12/01/2004]

November

  • Sheet Metal Workers Pension Plan and Legal Counsel Held in Contempt of Court for Failing to Produce Subpoenaed Documents [11/30/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Trustees of Indiana 401(k) Plan Over Delinquent Employee Contributions [11/29/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Settlement with Florida Executive For Misusing 401(k) Assets [11/26/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Florida Firm and Owner to Restore Delinquent 401(k) Contributions [11/23/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Plan Officials of Beverage Association Over Mismanagement of Health Plan [11/23/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Michigan Corporation and President To Restore Delinquent Contributions [11/23/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Plumbers' Union Benefit Trustees Over $36 Million Investment In Resort [11/22/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Court Judgment Appointing Independent Fiduciary to Manage 401(k) Plan of Maryland Corporation [11/18/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues to Recover More Than $200,000 In Delinquent Contributions Owed to Nevada 401(k) Plan [11/16/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Minnesota Corporation and CEO to Restore Delinquent Contributions to the Corporation's SIMPLE IRA Plan [11/16/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Trustee of Minnesota 401(k) Over Delinquent Employee Contributions and Loan Repayments [11/15/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department's New York Office Sponsors Seminar To Help Plan Professionals Comply With Federal Employee Benefits Law [11/08/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment to Restore Delinquent Employee Contributions to 401(k) Plan [11/08/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment Restoring $30,000 to Tennessee 401(k) Plan [11/05/2004]
  • Media Advisory - "Getting it Right" - New Compliance Assistance Seminar for Plan Fiduciaries [11/04/2004]

October

  • Media Advisory - HIPAA and Other Health Laws: Louisiana Compliance Assistance Seminar [10/28/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues to Protect Over $45,000 in 401(k) Assets For Employees of Defunct Beaverton, Oregon, Company [10/27/2004]
  • ERISA Advisory Council to Hold Final 2004 Meetings [10/27/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Judgment Appoints Independent Fiduciary To Manage Defunct Minnesota Company's 401(k) Plan [10/26/2004]
  • Minnesota Engineering Firm and Owners Ordered to Repay More Than $13,000 to 401(k) Plan [10/26/2004]
  • Director Named To Policy and Research Office Of Federal Employee Benefits Agency [10/26/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Atlanta Business and Executive Over Delinquent Employee Contributions to Profit Sharing Plan [10/22/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Stronger Retirement, Health Benefit Security for American Workers - 121% Increase in Monetary Results Shows "Commitment to Protect Hard-Earned Benefits" [10/21/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Tropical Storm Frances Hits South Carolina [10/19/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Tropical Depression Ivan Hits New York [10/19/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Tropical Depression Ivan Hits New Jersey [10/19/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Severe Storms and Flooding Hit Minnesota [10/19/2004]
  • Owner of Defunct Michigan Company Sued to Recover Employee Health Premium Payments [10/19/2004]
  • ERISA Advisory Council to Hold October Teleconferences [10/19/2004]
  • Media Advisory - HIPAA and Other Health Laws: Delaware Compliance Assistance Seminar [10/18/2004]
  • Media Advisory - "Getting It Right" - New Compliance Assistance Seminar for Plan Fiduciaries [10/18/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Owners of Defunct Kansas Company Over Delinquent Employee Contributions and Loan Repayments [10/18/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues 401(k) Trustee of Defunct Alabama Company Over Delinquent Employee Contributions [10/13/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Hurricane Jeanne Hits Florida [10/08/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sponsors Workshops To Help Benefit Professionals Comply With Federal Pension Law [10/07/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Hurricane Jeanne Hits Puerto Rico [10/06/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Trustees of Union Health Plan For Over Payment of Administrative Services [10/06/2004]
  • Former Minnesota CEO Ordered to Restore $19,161 To 401(k) Plan [10/05/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues to Appoint Independent Fiduciary For Abandoned Ohio 401(k) Plan [10/05/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Severe Storms Hit West Virginia [10/04/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline for Pennsylvania due to Tropical Depressions Frances and Ivan [10/04/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Severe Storms Hit Ohio [10/04/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Hurricane Ivan Hits North Carolina [10/04/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Hurricane Ivan Hits Georgia [10/04/2004]

September

  • Media Advisory - HIPAA and Other Health Laws: Delaware Compliance Assistance Seminar [09/30/2004]
  • Assistant Secretary Ann L. Combs Calls For Reforms To Strengthen Workers' Retirement Security [09/30/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Report Deadlines After Hurricane Ivan Hits Gulf Coast [09/30/2004]
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration Releases Guidance on Missing Participants [09/30/2004]
  • Labor Department Releases Form 5500 Annual Report And Filing Requirements [09/28/2004]
  • Labor Department Obtains Consent Judgment Restoring $50,000 To New York Union's Health and Pension Plans [09/28/2004]
  • Labor Department Announces Automatic Rollover Regulation To Preserve Savings for Retirement [09/27/2004]
  • W.K. Industries to Restore $630,000 To Profit Sharing Plan [09/24/2004]
  • Owner of Defunct Indiana Company Sued To Recover Employee Health Premium Payments [09/24/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues to Appoint Independent Fiduciary For Retirement Plan of Grand Rapids Mortgage Company [09/22/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Hurricane Frances Hits North Carolina [09/21/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Hurricane Frances Hits Florida [09/21/2004]
  • Hotel Union President in New Jersey Indicted For Stealing Over $130,000 From Health and Union Funds [09/21/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Default Judgment Appointing Independent Fiduciary of Cleveland 401(k) Plan [09/21/2004]
  • U.S. Department of Labor Sues Utah Corporation, Board and Officers to Restore Retirement Assets [09/20/2004]
  • ERISA Advisory Council to Hold September 2004 Meetings [09/20/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Removes Health Benefit Fund Trustees [09/15/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Acts to Protects Employees' 401(k) Plan Assets [09/10/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Wisconsin Company and 401(k) Plan Administrator for Failing to Forward Contributions [09/09/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Seeks Independent Fiduciary For Abandoned Ohio Employee Stock Ownership Plan [09/09/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Ohio Retirement Plan Officials for Misuse Of Retirement Plan Assets [09/09/2004]
  • U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Judgment Against Shreveport Business and Owner To Restore 401(k) Employee Contributions [09/02/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Arizona Corporation and CEO To Restore Delinquent Contributions [09/02/2004]

August

  • U. S. Labor Department Sponsors Seminars To Help Plan Professionals Comply With Federal Pension Law [08/30/2004]
  • Executive of Defunct Illinois Manufacturer Sued Over Delinquent 401(k) Employee Contributions [08/26/2004]
  • New Jersey Computer Consultant Sued Over Delinquent Employee Contributions [08/25/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Owner of Now-Defunct Standard Hart Printing - Topeka-based Company Owes Pension Plan Nearly $15,000 [08/24/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Trustees For Abandoning Colorado 401(k) Plan [08/24/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues to Protect Over $37,000 in 401(k) Assets For Employees of Defunct San Jose Company [08/23/2004]
  • Labor Department Issues Final Rule Streamlining Registration By Investment Managers To Plans [08/23/2004]
  • Labor Department Solicits Nominations for 2005 ERISA Advisory Council [08/19/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Agreement with United Airlines to Appoint Independent Fiduciary To Manage Pension Plans [08/17/2004]
  • Salvage One Leasing Company Sued Over Delinquent Retirement Contributions, Loan Repayments [08/17/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues to Appoint Independent Fiduciary To Abandoned Indiana 401(k) Plan [08/16/2004]
  • Marietta Industrial Enterprises Ordered to Repay $19,000 to 401(k) Plan [08/16/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Former Michigan Plan Trustee For Failing to Forward 401(k) Plan Contributions [08/12/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Settlement Restores Pension Funds To Scottsdale Employee 401(k) Plan [08/11/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Default Judgment Against Plan Trustee For Misusing Retirement Contributions and Loan Repayments [08/05/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues to Appoint Independent Fiduciary For Abandoned Montana Retirement Plan [08/04/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Dept. Forum on Health Care Advises "Buyer Beware!" Informational Gathering Presented by U.S. Department of Labor, Partners [08/04/2004]
  • Labor Department Removes Plumbers' Union Pension Fund Trustees, Collects $10.98 Million for Worker Retirement [08/03/2004]
  • Trustee of Medford 401(k) Plan Agrees to Repay Over $11,000 To Plan Participants Following Labor Department Legal Action [08/02/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Independent Fiduciary For Abandoned 401(k) Plan [08/02/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Order Permanently Bans Former Leasing Firm President From Overseeing Employee Benefit Plans [08/02/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment Against Ohio Computer Company for Mismanaging 401(k) [08/02/2004]

July

  • Media Advisory - "Getting It Right" - New Compliance Assistance Seminar for Plan Fiduciaries [07/28/2004]
  • ERISA Advisory Council to Hold Working Group Meetings in August [07/28/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment Barring Fiduciaries of West Virginia 401(k) From Serving Plans [07/26/2004]
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Announces Settlements for Global Crossing Retirement Plans [07/20/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Partial Judgment Restoring $34,000 To N.Y. Retirement Plan [07/13/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Former Bakery Union and Successor Fiduciary For Abandoning Pittsburgh Welfare Plan [07/08/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Owner of Minnesota Company Over Delinquent Employee Contributions [07/08/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sponsors New York Seminar On Federal and State Health Plan Laws [07/06/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment Removing New Mexico 401(k) Plan Fiduciary [07/02/2004]

June

  • U.S. Labor Department Continues National Education Campaign to "Build Wealth at Work" - "Workers Should Commit to Financial Independence for Secure Retirement" [06/30/2004]
  • U.S. Department of Labor Obtains Judgment Appointing Trustee for Ohio 401(k) Plan [06/24/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Seeks Independent Fiduciary For Abandoned 401(k) Plan [06/23/2004]
  • Executives Of Defunct Maryland Computer Firm To Restore 401(k) Assets [06/23/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Chicago 401(k) Plan Sponsor For Failing to Remit Employee Contributions [06/22/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Independent Fiduciary For Abandoned 401(k) Plan [06/21/2004]
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Meets With 2004 ERISA Advisory Council [06/17/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sponsors Seminar To Help Plan Professionals Comply With Federal Pension Law [06/16/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Former Minnesota CEO For Using 401(k) Plan Assets For Personal Use [06/10/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Settles Suit Against Alabama Firm and Plan Officials Over Delinquent Employee Contributions [06/09/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Maryland Firm and Owner For Violations of Federal Pension Law [06/09/2004]
  • ERISA Advisory Council to Hold First Meeting of 2004 [06/08/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Dallas Corporation and Owner to Restore Employee Contributions to SIMPLE IRA Plan [06/04/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Seeks Independent Fiduciary For Abandoned Savings and Investment Plan [06/04/2004]
  • Owner of Georgia Firm Pleads Guilty To Embezzling From Company's Profit Sharing Plan [06/04/2004]
  • "Getting It Right" Compliance Assistance Seminar For Plan Fiduciaries Set For June 17 in Miami [06/03/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Executive of North Carolina Imaging Firm over Delinquent 401(k) Employee Contributions [06/02/2004]

May

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Appoints New Members To 2004 ERISA Advisory Council and Leadership Posts [05/27/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Pittsburgh Corporation and CEO To Restore Employee Contributions to 401(k) Plan [05/26/2004]
  • Labor Department Announces Final Rules on Notices For COBRA Continuation Health Care Coverage [05/25/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment to Restore Delinquent Employee Contributions to 401(k) Plans [05/24/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Former Trustees of D.C. 401(k) Plan Over Delinquent Employee Contributions [05/24/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues to Restore Assets to Worcester Pension Plan [05/24/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues New York Aviation Firm and Owner For Alleged Misuse of More Than $1.6 Million in 401(k) Assets [05/18/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Launches National Education Campaign "Getting It Right...Know Your Fiduciary Responsibilities [05/18/2004]
  • Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Announces Settlements Restoring at Least $66.5 Million to Enron Retirement Plans [05/12/2004]
  • Media Advisory - HIPAA and Other Health Laws: Maryland Compliance Assistance Seminar [05/07/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Fiduciaries of Illinois Simple IRA Plan Over Misuse of Employee Contributions [05/07/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment Against Florida Dentist And Medical Practice to Restore Retirement Assets [05/06/2004]
  • Court Replaces Trustees of Defunct West Hills Union Health Plan - U.S. Labor Department Investigation Reveals $7 Million in Unpaid Health Claims [05/06/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains a Court Order Appointing Temporary Independent Fiduciary for Purported Union Benefit Fund [05/06/2004]

April

  • U.S. Labor Department Settlements Restore 401(k) Plan Assets For Former Quality Home Foods Employees - $11,500 Owed To 27 Former Employees of Las Vegas Company [04/27/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment Restoring Assets for Illinois Workers [04/23/2004]
  • Labor Department Obtains Consent Judgment Against Trustees of Pension Plan of Alabama Corporation [04/23/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Minnesota Company, Executive for Withholding Employee IRA Contributions [04/22/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Former President of Leasing Firm Over Mismanagement of Health Plan [04/19/2004]
  • New York Court Orders Former Executives of Bennett Funding Group To Reimburse Retirement Plans [04/19/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Sues Fiduciary of Michigan 401(k) Plan Over Misuse of Employee Pension Contributions [04/13/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Owner of Minnesota Company Over Delinquent Employee Contributions [04/12/2004]
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration Issues Field Assistance Bulletin on Health Savings Accounts [04/07/2004]
  • Former President of Georgia Corporation Indicted For Embezzlement and Healthcare Fraud [04/05/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Michigan Firms, Owner and Plan Trustee For Misusing 401(k) Plan Assets [04/05/2004]
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Testifies at Hearing On Small Business Access to Health Insurance Options [04/02/2004]

March

  • Labor Department Resolves Lawsuit with Administrator of Maryland Health Plans [03/31/2004]
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary Named For Employee Benefits Security Administration [03/31/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Defunct Cleveland Company's Trustee To Restore Employee Contributions to 401(k) Plan [03/25/2004]
  • Pension Agency Extends Comment Period On Electronic Filing of Form 5500Annual Reports [03/25/2004]
  • Labor Department Obtains $4.875 Million Settlement For Plans Invested With Oregon Investment Manager [03/23/2004]
  • Former Employee of Florida Ironworkers Union Sentenced for Embezzling From Welfare Plan [03/23/2004]
  • Media Advisory - HIPAA and Other Health Laws: Nevada Compliance Assistance Seminar [03/18/2004]
  • Labor Department Obtains Judgment Restoring $68,500 to 401(k) Plan [03/15/2004]
  • Labor Department Restores Assets To Iowa Company's Profit Sharing Plan [03/15/2004]
  • Labor Department Obtains $2.4 Million Judgment Against Union Labor Life Insurance Company And Investment Manager [03/15/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Defunct Ohio Construction Company And Trustee Over Delinquent 401(k) Contributions [03/15/2004]
  • Labor Department Obtains Judgment Restoring More Than $300,000 To Ohio Profit Sharing Plan [03/11/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues to Appoint Independent Fiduciary To Chicago Medical Center's Abandoned 401(k) Plan [03/11/2004]
  • Labor Department Obtains Court Judgment To Restore Assets Of Cincinnati Profit Sharing Plan [03/09/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues to Appoint Independent Fiduciary for Manhattan Record Distributor's 401(k) Plan [03/08/2004]
  • Labor Department Seeks Comments On Proposed Revamping of Electronic Filing for Annual Reports [03/05/2004]
  • Labor Department Acts to Restore Funds to California Company Pension Plan [03/04/2004]
  • Labor Department Official Testifies Before Senate Finance On Health Insurance Scams [03/03/2004]
  • Labor Department Obtains Court Order on Appointment Of Independent Fiduciary for Abandoned 401(k) Plans [03/01/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Fiduciaries of Tulsa Health Arrangement Over Excessive Fees and Misrepresentations [03/01/2004]
  • Labor Department Testifies On Oversight Of the Thrift Savings Plan [03/01/2004]
  • Labor Department Proposes Rule To Preserve Retirement Savings [03/01/2004]

February

  • Labor Department To Recover $80,000 for Retirees Of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center [02/23/2004]
  • Labor Department and IRS Unveil Booklet To Assist Small Businesses To Start, Operate 401(k) Plans [02/20/2004]
  • DOL Issues Guidance on Fiduciary Duties In Response to Mutual Fund Abuses [02/17/2004]
  • DOL Sues Trustees Of Union Health Plans Over Investments With Oregon Investment Manager CCL [02/11/2004]
  • DOL Settlement With Rhode Island Laborers' Plan Officials To Restore $318,181 to Employee Benefit Plan [02/11/2004]
  • DOL Publishes 2003 Form M-1 For Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements, Online Filing Available March 1, 2004 [02/10/2004]
  • Former Owner of Mississippi Home Health Care Agency Sentenced for Embezzling Pension Assets [02/10/2004]
  • Houston Firm and Owners Sued Over Misuse of Profit Sharing Plan Assets [02/09/2004]
  • U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment Restoring $31,336 To Ohio Health Plan Participants [02/05/2004]
  • Department of Labor's Seattle District Supervisor Retiring After 32 Plus Years of Federal Service [02/05/2004]
  • Labor Department Recovers Delinquent 401(k) Contributions From Houston Dental Practice and Owner [02/05/2004]
  • Executives of Defunct Illinois Corporation Ordered to Pay Debts Owed to Welfare Plans [02/05/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Defunct Minnesota Company Over Abandoned 401(k) Plan [02/03/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues Corporation For Violating Federal Employee Benefit Law [02/02/2004]
  • Executives of Defunct Illinois Corporation Ordered to Pay Debts Owed to Welfare Plans [02/02/2004]

January

  • Mental Health Parity Act Extended to December 31, 2004 [01/23/2004]
  • Virginia Trustee Sued to Restore Employee Contributions to 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan [01/20/2004]
  • Former Executive of Tennessee Company Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges Involving Pension Plan [01/16/2004]
  • Labor Department Sues South Carolina Firm, Executives For Delinquent 401(k) Contributions [01/14/2004]
  • Labor Department Seeks Independent Fiduciary For Orphaned New York 401(k) Plan [01/14/2004]
  • Labor Department Obtains Judgment Removing Fiduciary Of Relco Locomotives 401(k) Plan [01/08/2004]
  • Newton Employer Restores Over $71,000 to 401(k) Plan - Independent Fiduciary Named to Manage Plan [01/05/2004]