May 24, 2004

Labor Secretary Chao and Defense Secretary
Rumsfeld Issue Memo Urging Federal Hiring of College Students with Disabilities

Washington—U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today urged federal government agency heads to continue to enthusiastically support a Bush Administration program that has successfully placed hundreds of college students with disabilities in summer and permanent employment.

May 24, 2004

U.S. Labor Department Sues to Restore Assets to Worcester Pension Plan

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Boston, Massachusetts - The U.S. Department of Labor sued the plan sponsor and the trustee of the Northeast Display Inc. 401(k) Savings and Investment Plan of Worcester, Massachusetts, for failing to forward over $65,000 in employee contributions to the plan.

May 24, 2004

U.S. Labor Department Sues Former Trustees of D.C. 401(k) Plan Over Delinquent Employee Contributions

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Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor has sued the former trustees of the Votenet Solutions Inc. 401(k) plan and trust in Washington, D.C., for failing to forward employee contributions to the company’s retirement plan.

May 24, 2004

U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment to Restore Delinquent Employee Contributions to 401(k) Plans

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Chicago, Illinois - The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a default judgment requiring the trustee of the Belgium, Wisconsin-based Belgium Foundry Acquisition Company Inc. 401(k) plans to restore $60,434 in delinquent employee contributions with interest to the union and non-union plans.

May 19, 2004

Labor Department Achieves Highest Rating for
Strategic Management of Human Capital: Labor "Green" Across-the-Board for
Progress on President's Management Agenda Scorecard

Labor “Green” Across-the-Board for Progress on President’s Management Agenda Scorecard

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently achieved the highest rating for the Strategic Management of Human Capital component of the President’s Management Agenda. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) raised the Department’s status to the top rating of “green” for DOL’s accomplishments in the strategic management of human capital in its most recent quarterly scorecard.

May 18, 2004

U.S. Labor Department Launches National Education Campaign “Getting It Right—Know Your Fiduciary Responsibilities”

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WASHINGTON—Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today launched a nationwide campaign to improve workers’ health and retirement security by educating employers and service providers about their fiduciary responsibilities under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). This is the latest in a series of compliance assistance initiatives by the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA).

May 18, 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

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New York, New York - The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Lawrence Aviation Industries Inc. of Brookhaven, New York and its owner for making undocumented loans from the plan to themselves and failing to collect on the unpaid loans.

May 17, 2004

U.S. Labor Department Issues Report on Emergency
Preparedness for Federal Workers with Disabilities

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) today released a report that gives federal officials and workers key advice and comprehensive recommendations on ensuring a safe and secure environment for the more than 120,000 employees with disabilities who work in buildings, regional offices or field locations owned or leased by the federal government.

May 12, 2004

Labor Department Secretary Praises Children's
World Congress

WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao praised the efforts of an international assembly of 500 children and world leaders who are meeting in Florence, Italy at the Children’s World Congress to find better ways to combat the worst forms of child labor.

May 12, 2004

Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Announces Settlements Restoring at Least $66.5 Million to Enron Retirement Plans

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May 11, 2004

Labor Department Issues Third 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 third annual report on the worst forms of child labor in 144 countries and territories that receive U.S. trade benefits.

May 7, 2004

Labor Solicitor Announces Overtime Security Amicus
Program: Program Designed to Correct Misinformation about Stronger Worker
Protections

Program Designed to Correct Misinformation about Stronger Worker Protections

WASHINGTON—In a nationwide teleconference sponsored by the American Bar Association this week, Solicitor of Labor Howard Radzely announced a new Overtime Security Amicus Program at the Department of Labor. The Department is establishing this program to counter an unprecedented misinformation campaign against the stronger worker protections contained in the new rule.

May 7, 2004

U.S. Labor Department Sues Fiduciaries of Illinois Simple IRA Plan Over Misuse of Employee Contributions

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Chicago, Illinois - The U.S. Department of Labor has sued defunct L.R.D.S., Inc., of Orland Park, Illinois and an owner of the floral distributor for failing to forward employee contributions to the company’s Simple IRA Plan.

May 7, 2004

Media Advisory - HIPAA and Other Health Laws: Maryland Compliance Assistance Seminar

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Washington, DC - The Compliance Assistance Seminar sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and the Maryland Department of Insurance, will take place in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 19-20, 2004 at the Sheraton Barcelo, 173 Jennifer Road.

May 6, 2004

U.S. Labor Department Obtains a Court Order Appointing Temporary Independent Fiduciary for Purported Union Benefit Fund

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May 6, 2004

U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment Against Florida Dentist And Medical Practice to Restore Retirement Assets

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May 4, 2004

Wage & Hour Division Administrator Testifies:
Harkin Amendment Will Put OT Protections at Risk for Millions

WASHINGTON—U.S. Wage and House Division Administrator Tammy McCutchen today told a Senate subcommittee that the Labor Department’s new overtime security rules will strengthen and guarantee overtime pay protection for 6.7 million additional workers.

May 4, 2004

DOL Official Joins with FOP and SBA in Correcting
Misinformation Campaign Regarding Police and Overtime Protection

WASHINGTON—At a news conference today Chuck Canterbury, President of the nation’s largest police labor organization in America, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and Ed Mullins, President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association of the New York City Police Department (SBA), the largest police sergeants organization in America, joined with Department of Labor Wage and Hour Administrator Tammy McCutchen in denouncing the new low in the campaign of misinformation being waged against the Department’s new Overtime Security rules for white collar workers.

April 28, 2004

U.S. Labor Secretary Testifies in Support of New
Overtime Security Rules

WASHINGTON—In testimony before the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee, U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao today said the Department’s new overtime security rules will strengthen and guarantee overtime pay protection for an unprecedented 6.7 million additional workers and make the existing rules much easier for workers and employers to understand.