March 30, 1998

News Release Archive: ESA Press Release: Labor Department Releases Quarterly Garment Report Investigations Recover Over $330,000 Owed to Workers

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment Standards Administration

ESA Press Release: Labor Department Releases Quarterly Garment Report Investigations Recover Over $330,000 Owed to Workers [03/30/1998]

For more information call: 202/219-7317 (ext. 118)

The U.S. Department of Labor recovered $330,595 in back wages for 1,233 garment workers during the last three months of 1997, according to the department's Garment Enforcement Report released today.

March 30, 1998

Ohio Dairy Executives Charged With Misusing 401(K) Assets

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The U. S. Department of Labor today sued executives of Brewster Dairy, Inc., in Brewster, Ohio, for imprudently investing more than $1 million of the company’s 401(k) profit sharing plan assets in a real estate limited partnership.

Brewster Dairy is a manufacturer of cheese and other dairy byproducts. The 401(k) plan, which covered 194 employees, had $10,440,119 in assets as of March 1996.

March 27, 1998

News Release Archive: ESA Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Crack down on Labor Law Violations in Saipan Results in More Court Actions

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment Standards Administration

ESA Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Crack Down on Labor Law Violations in Saipan Results in More Court Actions [03/27/1998]

March 26, 1998

Trustee Of Inglewood 401(K) Plan Charged With Misusing Pension Money

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The U. S. Department of Labor has obtained a court judgment removing Levi J. Carey Sr., owner of Inglewood-based Computer Software Analysts, Inc., as a trustee to the company’s 401(k) plan and appointing an independent trustee to oversee the plan.

March 23, 1998

News Release Archive: ILAB Press Release: Statement by Irasema Garza Secretary of the U.S. NationalAdministrative Office Public Hearing on Allegations that Mexico Failed to Enforce its Labor Laws at Plant of U.S. Subsidiary Corporation in Mexico

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Bureau of International Labor Affairs

ILAB Press Release: Statement by Irasema Garza Secretary of the U.S. National Administrative Office Public Hearing on Allegations that Mexico Failed to Enforce its Labor Laws at Plant of U.S. Subsidiary Corporation in Mexico [03/23/1998]

For more information call: (202) 219-6373

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March 16, 1998

Industrial Workers' Fund Official Issued By U.S. Department Of Labor

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Trustees and administrators of the now defunct Brotherhood of Industrial Workers’ health and welfare fund have been sued by the U.S. Department of Labor for diverting or permitting the diverting of close to $700,000 needed to pay medical and dental claims and to pay the costs of administering the fund.

March 16, 1998

Executive To Make Restitution To Profit Sharing Plan

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The U. S. Department of Labor today has obtained a settlement agreement requiring an owner of now-defunct Home Electric Service, Inc. of Lake Worth, Fla. to make restitution of $30,000 to the company’s profit sharing plan and appointing an independent manager to oversee the plan.

March 12, 1998

Chicago Insurance Agency And Owner Removed From Pension Plans

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Chicago-based Illinois Vehicle Insurance Agency, Inc. (IVIA), its owner and a trustee to the company’s pension plan and 401(k) plan agreed to be removed as plan officials and to be permanently barred from serving any plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in the future, according to a judgment obtained by the U. S. Department of Lab

March 11, 1998

Santa Ana Firm And Owner Agree To Pay $220,000 Restitution To Pension Plan

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The U. S. Department of Labor has obtained a settlement with Sherwood Shutter Corp. of Santa Ana, and its owner, Michael L. Thibodeau, to repay over $220,000 plus interest owed to the company’s profit sharing plan.

The profit sharing plan, created in 1986, covers 178 participants and had $320,748 in assets as of April 30, 1995. Thibodeau serves as a plan trustee and the company is administrator of the plan.

March 3, 1998

New York Trustee Indicted For Embezzlement

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The owner of the now-defunct engineering support service company in Ronkonkoma, New York, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for the Eastern District of New York for embezzlement of $239,160 from the company’s pension plan.

Alejandro Salas was the owner of Craftsmen Corporation, 4175 Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma and a trustee of its defined benefit pension plan, which covered 29 employees.

March 2, 1998

Bowmansville Company And Trustee Agree To Repay Over $1.6 Million To Pension Plan

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Bella Vista Group, Inc. of Bowmansville, N.Y., and company president Pasquale Cipolla have agreed to repay $1,638,867 to the company’s profit sharing plan as restitution for substantial losses on a series of loans made by the pension plan to companies owned by Cipolla under a consent judgment and order obtained by the U. S. Department of Labor.

February 28, 1998

Los Angeles Firm And Pension Plan Trustees Sued For Mismanagement Of Plan Assets

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The U. S. Department of Labor has sued Mobile Medical Diagnostics, Inc. of Los Angeles and its pension plan trustees for more than $245,000 in improper plan transfers to benefit the company and for failing to collect employer contributions owed to the money purchase plan.

February 27, 1998

News Release Archive: ILAB Press Release: U.S. and Mexico Labor Secretaries to Consult on Alleged Employment Discrimination in Maquiladora Plants

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Bureau of International Labor Affairs

ILAB Press Release: U.S. and Mexico Labor Secretaries to Consult on Alleged Employment Discrimination in Maquiladora Plants [02/27/1998]

February 26, 1998

News Release Archive: ESA Press Release: Youth Opportunities of America, Inc.,Cincinnati, Ohio, Ordered to Pay $8,825 Fine For Child Labor Violations

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment Standards Administration

ESA Press Release: Youth Opportunities of America, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, Ordered to Pay $8,825 Fine For Child Labor Violations [02/26/1998]

February 26, 1998

EBSA Press Release: Labor Secretary Names Chairs for ERISA Advisory Council [02/26/1998]

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For more information call: (202) 219-8921

Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman today named Marilee Pierotti Lau of San Francisco, Calif. as chair of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, which is more commonly known as the ERISA Advisory Council. Also named as the council's vice chair was Kenneth S. Cohen of Amherst, Mass.

February 25, 1998

Mississippi Plan Trustee Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Plan Funds

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A trustee of an employee benefit plan in Jackson, Miss., pleaded guilty to one count of embezzling nearly $95,000 of the plan's money and converting it to his own use.

John Francis Schmelzer pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a May 14 indictment that he embezzled $94,833.00 from the Professional Staffing Service CA Money Purchase Plan, an employee benefit plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

February 20, 1998

EBSA Press Release: Labor Department Announces Initiatives to Implement President Clinton's Consumer Bill of Rights Directive [02/20/1998]

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For more information call: (202) 219-8921

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis M. Herman today announced three initiatives to implement President Clinton's Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities directive to improve the quality and fairness of health care for millions of Americans.

February 19, 1998

Court Orders Restitution Of More Than $227,000 To Compton Pension Plan

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A Los Angeles federal court entered a default judgment requiring Mid-Cities Association for Retarded Children of Compton, Calif. and the trustees of its defined benefit plan to pay $227,515 and any future losses as restitution to the plan.

February 17, 1998

Washington, D.C. Native Named Regional Director For Pension And Welfare Benefits Administration In Philadelphia

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Mabel Lum Capolongo, a native of Washington, D.C., has been named regional director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration Office (PWBA) in Philadelphia.

The mission of the PWBA is to protect the integrity of pensions, health plans, and other employee benefits for more than 200 million people

February 11, 1998

News Release Archive: ILAB Press Release: Labor Department to Hold PublicHearing In Continued Probe of International Child Labor

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Bureau of International Labor Affairs

ILAB Press Release: Labor Department to Hold Public Hearing In Continued Probe of International Child Labor [02/11/1998]