June 2, 2003

YouthRules Marks One-Year Anniversary, Continues
to Expand: Expansion Includes New Strategic Partnerships, Resource Materials,
and Revamped Website

Expansion Includes New Strategic Partnerships, Resource Materials, and Revamped Website

WASHINGTON—Tammy D. McCutchen, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, today announced the expansion of the YouthRules! initiative to include information geared towards youth employed in agriculture.

June 2, 2003

Labor Department Issues Report on Child Labor in
Trade Beneficiary Countries: Report Specified Under the Trade and Development
Act

Report Specified Under the Trade and Development Act

WASHINGTON—The Labor Department today released its second annual report on the worst forms of child labor in 146 countries and territories that receive U.S. trade benefits.

June 2, 2003

Labor Department Proposes Class Exemption For Trust REITS

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Washington, DC  - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has proposed a class exemption to create a level playing field between corporate real estate investment trusts (REITs) and trust REITs.

May 29, 2003

Department of Labor Announces Grant Solicitations
Totaling $3.0 Million for Home Modification, WorkFORCE Action

WASHINGTON—Two grant solicitations were published in the May 29, 2003 Federal Register by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced today.

May 28, 2003

Labor Department Names Independent Trustee To Terminate “Orphaned” Coastal Copy Systems 401(K) Plan

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Newark, New Jersey - The U.S. Department of Labor obtained a consent judgment and order on May 23, 2003 appointing an independent trustee to terminate the Coastal Copy Systems, Inc. 401(k) plan and distribute approximately $30,000 in plan assets to 16 participants.

May 27, 2003

More Than 260 Qualified, Disabled Students Placed
in Jobs in First Month of Labor Department WRP Program

WASHINGTON—More than 260 college students and recent graduates with disabilities have been placed in summer and permanent jobs since the Labor Department’s Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) was announced in April, U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao said today.

May 27, 2003

Labor Department Obtains Consent Judgment Against Indiana Longshoremen’s Local Trustees Over Misuse of Fund Assets

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South Bend, Indiana - The U.S. Department of Labor obtained a consent order and judgment on May 20, 2003, in which the trustees of the pension and welfare plans of Local 1969 of the International Longshoremen’s Association of Portage, Indiana agreed to restore $497,225.83 to the plans, resign their positions and be permanently barred from serving employee benefit plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

May 23, 2003

Labor Department Proposes Rules on Notices For COBRA Continuation Health Care Coverage

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Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced proposed rules clarifying the requirements for notices under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for employees, employers and plan administrators. The proposal provides guidance and model notices for workers and family members to continue their group health care coverage.

May 21, 2003

Labor Department Sues Minnesota Plan Administrator For Abandoning 401(k) Plan

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May 21, 2003

Labor Department Obtains Final Settlement of Lawsuit Against U.S. Alliance Fiduciaries

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May 19, 2003

Labor Department Sues Minnesota Company and Officials for Failing to Forward Employee Contributions to 401(k) Plan

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May 16, 2003

Labor Department Obtains Judgments Restoring Employee Contributions of Tulsa Engineering Company 401(k) Plan

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May 12, 2003

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Selects
"America Works Best When All Americans Work" As October's National Disability
Employment Awareness Month Theme

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has selected “America Works Best When All Americans Work” as the official theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“The theme, America Works Best When All Americans Work, emphasizes the Bush Administration’s position of economic opportunity through job creation,” said Chao. “It also builds upon the accomplishments of the President’s New Freedom Initiative which has created opportunities for persons with disabilities to be fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce.”

May 9, 2003

Labor Department Recovers Employee Contributions to Retirement And Health Plans of West Des Moines, Iowa Company

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May 9, 2003

Labor Department Seeks Appointment of Independent Fiduciary For Orphaned Alabama 401(K) Plan

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May 8, 2003

Labor Department Obtains Restitution for Participants of Minnesota 401(k) Plan

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May 8, 2003

Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao to Meet With 2003 ERISA Advisory Council

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Washington, DC - Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao will meet with the Advisory Council of Employee Welfare and Pension Plans on May 9, 2003 to swear in the Council’s new members and discuss ways to improve the retirement security and health coverage of America’s workers.

May 8, 2003

Employee Benefits Security Administration Releases Field Assistance Bulletin on Multiemployer 401(k) Plans

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