November 14, 2007

U.S. Labor Department sponsors free workshop to help plan professionals in New York comply with federal employee benefits law

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November 8, 2007

U.S. Department of Labor honors five organizations for creating equal opportunities in the workplace

Raytheon Co. receives prestigious Secretary of Labors Opportunity Award

WASHINGTON — For their efforts to promote equal employment opportunity (EEO), five organizations were honored today by the U.S. Department of Labor at an annual awards ceremony hosted by the department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

November 8, 2007

U.S. Department of Labors Office of Labor-Management Standards announces 16 indictments, 5 convictions for union embezzlement in October

Oversight unit tops 800 convictions this decade

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) today announced its criminal enforcement data for October 2007. OLMS obtained 16 indictments and five convictions during the first month of fiscal year 2008, and court-ordered restitution in October amounted to $63,499. These indictments and convictions primarily involve union officers and employees who have embezzled union funds.

November 5, 2007

U.S. Labor Department sues Minnesota business to distribute 401(k) retirement benefits to employees

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November 2, 2007

U.S. Labor Department recovers nearly $2 million in back pay for Houston home mortgage employees

HOUSTON — Allied Home Mortgage Corp. in Houston has paid $1,855,518 in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found 588 branch managers, loan officers, loan processors and clerks, who were performing inside sales work at the company, had not been properly paid.

October 31, 2007

U.S. Labor Department extends annual reports deadline after wildfires hit California

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October 30, 2007

U.S. Labor Department testifies before House Ways and Means Committee on 401(k) fee disclosure

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October 29, 2007

U.S. Labor Department obtains restitution for pension plans of defunct Tennessee company

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October 24, 2007

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao to recognize seven businesses, organizations and individuals for exemplary disability employment practices

Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Ambassador Marc A. Buoniconti to receive 'SPIRIT' Award

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao will present seven awardees with national awards for their contributions toward enhancing the employment of Americans with disabilities during a ceremony today, beginning at 11:45 a.m. EDT, at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C.

October 24, 2007

Secretary of Labor to host event marking DisabilityInfo.gov 5th anniversary

New video with overview of Web sites resources to be displayed

October 24, 2007

U.S. Labor Department testifies before Senate Special Committee on Aging on 401(k) fee disclosure

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October 23, 2007

U.S. secretary of labor extends operations of EEOICPA ombudsman

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today extended the term of the Office of the Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program until Congress passes legislation to make the office permanent.

The Defense Authorization Act of 2005 created the Office of the Ombudsman for a three-year period to provide information on the benefits available under Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) program, and the office was set to expire on October 28, 2007.

October 23, 2007

U.S. Department of Labor forms alliance with CVS Caremark
to promote employment of workers with disabilities nationwide

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and CVS Caremark today established an alliance to encourage and promote the employment of people with disabilities through training and education, outreach and communication, technical assistance and other efforts.

October 23, 2007

U.S. Department of Labor announces final rule on default investment alternatives for participant-directed plans

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October 22, 2007

U.S. Department of Labor sues defunct Edgewood, Maryland company to protect pension plan participants

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October 19, 2007

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announces
2007 Labor Hall of Fame induction

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao today announced that the 19th annual Labor Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 2:30 p.m. EST, in the Great Hall of the department’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will honor Adolphus Busch, founder of Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co., and William B. Wilson, the first U.S. secretary of labor and former secretary-treasurer of the United Mine Workers of America.

October 19, 2007

U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council to hold November 2007 meetings

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October 18, 2007

Response to U.S. Senate vote on union financial transparency
by Victoria A. Lipnic, assistant secretary of labor for employment standards

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Senate voted (46-47) to cut funding for the U.S. Department of Labor agency that ensures organized labor financial transparency and protects union members dues. The following comments were made on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor in response to the vote:

"Today's Senate action hurts rank and file union members by cutting the budget of the enforcement agency that ensures they know how their hard earned dues are being spent and that protects them from election fraud, embezzlement of union dues and other financial abuses."