April 11, 1997

Mid-Cities Association for Retarded Children Benefit Plan Suffers Losses from Violations of Federal Pension Law

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

April 8, 1997

Alexandria Pension Fund Officials to Replay More than $500,000 for Improper Investments

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

April 1, 1997

EBSA Press Release: Federal Rules Give Americans Greater Rights and Protections for Health Benefits [04/01/1997]

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Millions of Americans will have important new health benefit protections when they change jobs or lose health coverage under interim regulations announced today by the U. S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury.

March 31, 1997

EBSA Press Release: Labor Department Recovers $22 Million for 401[K] Plans and Begins Hotline for Workers [03/31/1997]

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A nationwide crackdown on 401(k) abuse has resulted in the recovery of nearly $22 million for 40,800 workers, President Bill Clinton announced today.

March 27, 1997

EBSA Press Release: Amendment of ERISA Plan Asset Rules to Provide Guidance for Simple Plans Involving IRAS [03/27/1997]

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The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a rule governing the timing of deposits by employers of participant contributions to Savings Incentive Match Plans for Employees (SIMPLE plans) involving IRAs.

March 18, 1997

EBSA Press Release: ERISA Advisory Council To Hold Public Meetings In April [03/18/1997]

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The working groups of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans will hold public meetings on April 8 and 9 in Room N-5437 A&B, U.S. Department of Labor Building, Third and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210.

March 13, 1997

EBSA Press Release: Labor Department Seeks Comment On Proposed Nonenforcement Policy For Annual Reporting By Multiemployer Welfare Plans [03/13/1997]

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The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking public comment on whether to adopt a proposed nonenforcement policy for Form 5500 annual reports filed by multiemployer plans providing post-retirement health and other welfare benefits.

March 12, 1997

EBSA Press Release: Labor Department, Internal Revenue Service Extend Filing time for Annual Reports Due To Severe Weather In Midwest And South [03/12/1997]

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The U.S. Department of Labor's Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration and the Internal Revenue Service today announced an extension for filing employee benefit plan annual returns/reports due to the severe weather and flooding in the Midwest and southern United States.

March 7, 1997

EBSA Press Release: Labor Department Cautions Financial Firms To Stop Using Employee Benefit Plans In Negotiating Corporate Sales [03/07/1997]

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Financial institutions may not use employee benefit plans as bargaining chips in negotiations to sell their subsidiaries or divisions, warned the U.S. Department of Labor's Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA).

March 5, 1997

Ohio Plan Officials Ordered to Restore More than $65,000 to Employee Benefit Plans

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

Contact Name: Joseph Menez
Phone Number: 606.578.4680

The trustees of both the profit sharing and the defined benefit pension plan for Equity Planning Corporation in Beachwood, Ohio, were ordered to restore to both plans a total of $65,754 in a consent order and judgment obtained today by the U.S. Department of Labor.

March 4, 1997

Painters Official Sentenced for Embezzling Welfare Funds

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

Contact Name: Gloria Della
Phone Number: 202.219.8921

A Grand Rapids, Mich. court ordered the former welfare plan trustee of Local 312 of the Painters and Allied Trades Joint Apprenticeship Fund in Kalamazoo, Mich. to make restitution and sentenced him to four months of house arrest, three years of probation and 120 hours of community service.

February 26, 1997

EBSA Press Release: Labor Department Expands Lawsuit On Behalf Of Workers To Reclaim As Much As $5 Million Siphoned From Health Funds [02/26/1997]

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The Labor Department announced today it will pursue additional charges against managers of Chicago-based group health and welfare funds who allegedly used assets to pay expenses for cell phones and health club memberships while as much as $5 million in health and welfare benefits went unpaid for some 3,000 workers.

February 13, 1997

News Release Archive: ILAB Press Release: Labor Department To Fund Elimination Of Child Labor In Soccer Ball Industry

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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Bureau of International Labor Affairs

ILAB Press Release: Labor Department To Fund Elimination Of Child Labor In Soccer Ball Industry [02/13/1997]

February 7, 1997

EBSA Press Release: ERISA Advisory Council To Set 1997 Agenda [02/07/1997]

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The Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans will hold its first public meeting of 1997 on Thursday, March 6, at the U.S. Department of Labor's Frances Perkins Building. The session will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Secretary of Labor's Conference Room, S2508.

February 4, 1997

EBSA Press Release: Labor Department Proposes Class Exemption For Plan Foreign Exchange Transactions [02/04/1997]

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The U. S. Labor Department today proposed broadening a class exemption for purchases and sales of foreign currencies between employee benefit plans and banks or broker-dealers.

January 30, 1997

News Release Archive: ESA Press Release: Reinvention Improves Protections for Whistleblowers and Farm Workers OSHA, ESA, Division to Swap Certain Duties Feb. 3

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment Standards Administration

ESA Press Release: Reinvention Improves Protections for Whistleblowers and Farm Workers OSHA, ESA, Division to Swap Certain Duties Feb. 3 [01/30/1997]

January 23, 1997

Chairs Named for ERISA Advisory Council

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Contact Name: Sharon Morrissey
Phone Number: 202.219.8921

Acting Secretary of Labor Cynthia Metzler today named Joyce A. Mader of Washington, D.C.,as the chairman of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans. Also named as vice chair of the Council was Carl S. Feen of New Haven, Conn.

January 8, 1997

News Release Archive: ESA Press Release: Labor, Justice Join to Combat National Origin Discrimination

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment Standards Administration

ESA Press Release: Labor, Justice Join to Combat National Origin Discrimination [01/08/1997]

For more information call: 202/219-8211

In a move to protect legal workers' opportunities and rights, two federal agencies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today that will help prevent national origin discrimination in the workplace while curtailing the national problem of undocumented workers.

December 31, 1996

EBSA Press Release: Five New Members Named to ERISA Advisory Council [12/31/1996]

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

December 18, 1996

EBSA Press Release: Labor Department addresses new Health Care Legislation overing millions of workers [12/18/1996]

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

For more information call: (202) 219-8921
 

A reference guide to help employees and employers understand the effects of recent legislative changes on health plans is being issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.