December 11, 2006

Alabama Executive Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Pension Assets Following U.S. Labor Department Investigation

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Atlanta - The former vice president of H&H Doors and Hardware Inc. of Dothan, Alabama pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzling employee benefit plan assets and using the money for his own benefit. The plea agreement states Mark Hartzog is responsible for $524,703 in losses.

December 8, 2006

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor will hold a public forum on Dec. 18, 2006, from 10 a.m. to noon to discuss and seek public input on its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) processes. The meeting will be in the department's auditorium at 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

December 8, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Proposes Pension Protection Act Revisions to the Form 5500 Annual Report for 2008

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.

Washington - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) today announced proposed supplemental revisions to the 2008 Form 5500.

December 7, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Sues Chatsworth, Georgia, Trucking Company Seeking Payment of $85,000 in Unpaid Health Benefit Claims

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Atlanta - The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Chatsworth, Georgia-based Bryant Transportation Inc., and two company officials, seeking payment of more than $85,000 in unpaid employee health benefit claims.

December 7, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Obtains Court Order to Compel Long Island Attorney to Testify in Federal Investigation

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New York - The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a court order requiring the attorney who represents a Long Island profit sharing trust to provide testimony that will aid in an investigation of the trust. The department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is investigating possible violations of ERISA, the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

December 6, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Announces Availability of 2006 Form M-1 for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements - Online Filing Available

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Washington - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will publish a notice in the December 7, 2006, Federal Register announcing the availability of the 2006 Form M-1 annual report for multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs). Plan administrators may use EBSA’s online filing system to expedite processing of the form.

December 1, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Seeks Comments on Investment Advice Exemption for 401(k) Plans and IRAs

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Washington - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today announced publication of two “requests for information” (RFI) to assist the department in implementing the investment advice statutory exemption under the Pension Protection Act (PPA) relating to 401(k)-type plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). The RFIs are to be published in the December 4, 2006 Federal Register.

November 30, 2006

Labor Department Seeks Information
on Family and Medical Leave Act

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it is seeking information and comment from the public on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its implementing regulations. The request for information (RFI) will be published in the Federal Register on Friday, Dec. 1.

November 30, 2006

Labor Department Issues Model Notice For Multiemployer Plan Election

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Washington - The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) today announced publication of a model notice that may be used by employee benefit plans that elect to be treated as a multiemployer plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

November 30, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Sues Iowa Association to Recover Millions in Employee Benefit Plan Assets

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Des Moines, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI), Des Moines, Iowa, for retaining all the proceeds from a stock distribution by Principal Mutual Insurance Co. that was based on employee benefit plan premiums paid to the insurer by employers participating in the association and their employees. Approximately 1,500 employers are members of the trade association.

November 29, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Obtains Appointment of Independent Fiduciaries for Abandoned Providence, Rhode Island, Pension Plan

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Providence, Rhode Island - The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a court order appointing two independent fiduciaries to manage the abandoned pension plan originally sponsored by Providence, Rhode Island-based Arnold Kilberg & Company (AK&C) and owner Arnold Kilberg.

November 27, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Sues Baltimore Co. for Failing to Distribute 401(K) Funds After It Went Out of Business

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Baltimore - The U.S. Labor Department has sued the King Tile Co., Baltimore, Maryland, for failing to administer and terminate the company’s 401(k) plan so that assets could be distributed to plan participants.

November 27, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Obtains Default Judgment Appointing Independent Trustee for Abandoned Cincinnati 401(k) Plan

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Cincinnati - The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a default judgment appointing an independent trustee to manage the 401(k) plan of Cincinnati Armature Works Inc. The trustee will terminate the plan and distribute its assets to eligible plan participants.

November 27, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Obtains Agreement Restoring Assets to Abandoned Utah 401(k) Plan

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St. George, Utah - The U.S. Department of Labor has reached an agreement with the president of St. George, Utah-based Marketing Solutions International Inc. (MSI) restoring $17,161.76 in assets and interest owed to the company’s 401(k) plan.

November 21, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Obtains Judgment Removing 401(k) Trustee and Appointing Independent Fiduciary to Manage Plan

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Atlanta - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced court orders appointing M. Larry Lefoldt of Ridgeland, Mississippi, to manage and terminate the 401(k) plan of Computer Consulting Services Co. in Atlanta and ordering the plan’s trustee to cooperate in transferring plan management to the independent fiduciary.

November 20, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Sponsors Free Compliance Assistance Seminar for Retirement Plan Fiduciaries in Sacramento

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Sacramento, California - “Getting It Right – Know Your Fiduciary Responsibilities,” a compliance assistance seminar sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), will take place in Sacramento, December 5 at the Red Lion Hotel Sacramento, 1401 Arden Way.

November 20, 2006

U.S. Department of Labor Offers Free Health Law Compliance Seminar December 6-7 in Denver

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Denver - A free health law compliance assistance seminar, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and the Colorado Division of Insurance, will take place December 6-7 in Denver at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, 1550 Court Place.

November 16, 2006

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Settlement With Former Enron Executive Jeffrey Skilling

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November 15, 2006

U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes Six Organizations
for Creating Opportunities in the Workplace

WASHINGTON — For their efforts to promote equal employment opportunity, six companies and organizations were recognized today by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at an annual awards ceremony hosted by Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

November 13, 2006

U.S. Department of Labor Forms Alliance with SHRM
to Promote Employment of Workers with Disabilities

WASHINGTON — The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently established an alliance to encourage and promote the employment of people with disabilities.

The formal alliance, a first for ODEP with a major organization, will ensure that SHRM and ODEP stakeholders collaborate in this national effort by providing information, guidance, and access to resources.