Department of Labor October 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Interpretive Bulletin Relating to Investing in Economically Targeted Investments
Document Number: E8-24551
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-17
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document sets forth the views of the Department of Labor concerning the legal standards imposed on fiduciaries of employee benefit plans by sections 403 and 404 of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) when considering investments in ``economically targeted investments.'' These guidelines affect fiduciaries of employee benefit plans, including trustees, investment managers and others responsible for the management of employee benefit plan assets.
Canadian Standards Association; Reinstated Recognition for Product Test Standard
Document Number: E8-24566
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-16
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This notice announces the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's continued recognition of the Canadian Standards Association for a test standard.
Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements
Document Number: E8-24413
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-15
Agency: Employment Standards Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Request to be Selected as Payee (CM-910). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this notice.
Bureau of International Labor Affairs; Request for Information on Forced/Indentured Child Labor Pursuant to Executive Order 13126
Document Number: E8-24410
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-15
Agency: Department of Labor
This notice is a request for information to assist the Department of Labor in conducting a review of a submission on forced child labor in the production of bricks, coal, foundry products, chemicals, cotton, grape products, toys, and fireworks in China. This review is being conducted pursuant to Executive Order 13126 (``Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor'') and the ``Procedural Guidelines for Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor'' at 48 CFR Subpart 22.15. The Department anticipates that written information regarding forced child labor in the above products in China will aid it in determining, in consultation with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, whether these products, and their originating country, should be added to the Executive Order list.
Hearing on Proposed Class Exemption for Investment Advice
Document Number: E8-24338
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-14
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Labor will hold a hearing on the Department's proposed class exemption from certain prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA, or the Act), and from certain taxes imposed by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (Code), for the provision of investment advice to participants and beneficiaries of self-directed individual account plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs).
Investment Advice-Participants and Benficiaries; Hearing
Document Number: E8-24337
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-14
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Labor will hold a hearing on the Department's proposed regulation under provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA, or the Act), and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (Code), relating to the provision of investment advice to participants and beneficiaries of self-directed individual account plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs).
Request for Information Regarding Sections 101 Through 104 of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008
Document Number: E8-24194
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-10
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This document is a request for comments regarding issues under sections 101 through 104 of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) have received inquiries from the public on a number of issues under these provisions and are welcoming public comments in advance of future rulemaking.
National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH), Charter Renewal
Document Number: E8-24189
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-10
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
The Secretary of Labor has renewed the charter of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) for two years.
Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for Community-Based Job Training Grants
Document Number: E8-24107
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-10
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announces the availability of approximately $125 million in grant funds for Community-Based Job Training Grants. Community-Based Job Training Grants will be awarded through a competitive process to support workforce training for high-growth/high- demand industries through the national system of community and technical colleges. Funds will be awarded to individual community and technical colleges, community college districts, state community college systems, and One-Stop Career Centers to support or engage in a combination of capacity building and training activities for the purpose of building the capacity of community colleges to train individuals for careers in high-growth/high-demand industries in the local and/or regional economies. This Solicitation contains an exception for rural areas and other communities that are educationally underserved due to their lack of access to community or technical colleges. In awarding Community-Based Job Training Grants, every effort will be made to fairly distribute grants across rural and urban areas and across the different geographic regions of the United States. It is anticipated that individual awards will range from $500,000 to $2 million. This Solicitation provides background information and describes the application submission requirements, outlines the process that eligible entities must use to apply for funds covered by this Solicitation, and details how grantees will be selected.
Notice of Proposed Individual Exemption Involving BlackRock, Inc. (BlackRock), and the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC) (Collectively, the Applicants) Located in New York, NY
Document Number: E8-24100
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-10
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a notice of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of a proposed individual exemption from certain prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). If granted, the proposed exemption would permit the purchase of certain securities (the Securities), during the existence of an underwriting or selling syndicate with respect to such Securities, by PNC or BlackRock or a related entity (collectively, a PNC/BlackRock Related Entity), which is acting as a fiduciary (Asset Manager) on behalf of certain employee benefit plans (Client Plans and In-House Plans), including such plans invested in pooled funds, from any person other than such Asset Manager or any other PNC/BlackRock Related Entity, under the following circumstances: (a) Where a related broker-dealer (a PNC/BlackRock Related Broker-Dealer) is a manager or member of such syndicate (AUT)); or (b) where a PNC/BlackRock Related Broker-Dealer is a manager or member of such syndicate and an affiliated servicer (Affiliated Servicer) serves as servicer of a trust that issued the Securities (whether or not debt securities) (AUT and AST); or (c) where an Affiliated Servicer serves as servicer of a trust that issued the Securities (whether or not debt securities) (AST); provided certain conditions as set forth below are satisfied. The proposed exemption, if granted, would affect Client Plans and In-House Plans and their participants and beneficiaries.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Noise Exposure Assessment; Audiometric Testing, Evaluation, and Records and Training in All Mines
Document Number: E8-24038
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-10
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on the continuing collection of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed.
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; Independent Contractor Registration and Identification
Document Number: E8-24037
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-10
Agency: Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of the information collection related to the Independent Contractor Registration and Identification.
Proposed Information Collection for Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Initiative Evaluation; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-23942
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-09
Agency: Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a pre-clearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the ETA is soliciting comments on a new data collection for the Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Initiative Evaluation. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addressee section of this notice or by accessing: http://www.doleta.gov/OMBCN/ OMBControlNumber.cfm.
Cranes and Derricks in Construction
Document Number: E8-21993
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-10-09
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA is proposing a rule to protect employees from the hazards associated with hoisting equipment when used to perform construction activities. Under this proposed rule, employers would first determine whether the ground is sufficient to support the anticipated weight of hoisting equipment and associated loads. The employer then would be required to assess hazards within the work zone that would affect the safe operation of hoisting equipment, such as those of power lines and objects or personnel that would be within the work zone or swing radius of the hoisting equipment. Finally, the employer would be required to ensure that the equipment is in safe operating condition via required inspections and employees in the work zone are trained to recognize hazards associated with the use of the equipment and any related duties that they are assigned to perform.
Rahmann Belting and Industrial Rubber, Gastonia, NC; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E8-23848
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-08
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane (DBCP) Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: E8-23808
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-08
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comment concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection requirements specified by the 1,2-Dibromo-3- Chloropropane (DBCP) Standard (29 CFR 1910.1044).
Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) for YouthBuild Grants
Document Number: E8-23684
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or Department), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $47 million in grant funds for YouthBuild Grants. YouthBuild Grants will be awarded through a competitive process. Grant funds will be used to provide disadvantaged youth with: The education and employment skills necessary to achieve economic self- sufficiency in occupations in high demand and postsecondary education and training opportunities; opportunities for meaningful work and service to their communities; and opportunities to develop employment and leadership skills and a commitment to community development among youth in low-income communities. As part of their programming, YouthBuild grantees will tap the energies and talents of disadvantaged youth to increase the supply of permanent affordable housing for homeless individuals and low-income families and to help youth develop the leadership, learning, and high-demand occupational skills needed to succeed in today's global economy. DOL hopes to serve approximately 2,900 youth participants during the first year of the grant, with projects operating in approximately 90-100 communities across the country. Under this announcement, DOL will be awarding grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities. Each applicant should indicate the proposed number of participants to be served based on an average annual cost of between $15,000$18,000. This solicitation provides background information and describes the application submission requirements, outlines the process that eligible entities must use to apply for funds covered by this solicitation, and outlines the evaluation criteria used as a basis for selecting grantees.
Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements
Document Number: E8-23639
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Department of Labor, Standards Administration, Employment Standards Administration
The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Employment of Apprentices, Messengers and Learners (Including Student-Learners and Student-Workers), Forms WH-205 and WH-209. A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice.
Notice of a Change in Status of an Extended Benefit (EB) Period for Alaska
Document Number: E8-23637
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
This notice announces a change in benefit period eligibility under the EB Program for Alaska. The following change has occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding the State's EB status: Based on data reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on September 19, 2008, Alaska triggered ``off'' EB. Alaska's 3-month total unemployment rate for June, July and August fell to 109% of the prior year and 106% of the second prior year for the same period. This causes Alaska to be triggered ``off'' an EB period. After the week ending October 11, 2008, workers who exhaust their regular UI benefits will no longer be eligible to collect up to an additional 13 weeks of UI benefits under this program.
Notice of a Change in Status of an Extended Benefit (EB) Period for North Carolina
Document Number: E8-23636
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
This notice announces a change in benefit period eligibility under the EB Program for North Carolina. The following change has occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding the State's EB status: Based on data reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on September 19, 2008, North Carolina's 3-month seasonally adjusted total unemployment rate rose to the 6.5 percent threshold and exceeded 110 percent of the corresponding rate in the prior year. This causes North Carolina to be triggered ``on'' to an EB period beginning October 5, 2008.
Labor Surplus Area Classification Under Executive Orders 12073 and 10582
Document Number: E8-23567
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The purpose of this notice is to announce the annual list of labor surplus areas for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009.
Statutory Exemption for Cross-Trading of Securities
Document Number: E8-23434
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a final rule that implements the content requirements for the written cross-trading policies and procedures required under section 408(b)(19)(H) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act). Section 611(g) of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, Public Law No. 109-280, 120 Stat. 780, 972, amended section 408(b) of ERISA by adding a new subsection (19) that exempts the purchase and sale of a security between a plan and any other account managed by the same investment manager if certain conditions are satisfied. Among other requirements, section 408(b)(19)(H) stipulates that the investment manager must adopt, and effect cross-trades in accordance with, written cross- trading policies and procedures that are fair and equitable to all accounts participating in the cross-trading program. This final rule affects employee benefit plans, investment managers, plan fiduciaries and plan participants and beneficiaries.
Amendment to Interpretive Bulletin 95-1
Document Number: E8-23433
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a final rule that amends Interpretive Bulletin 95-1 to limit the application of the Bulletin to the selection of annuity providers for defined benefit plans. Also appearing in today's Federal Register is a final regulation, entitled ``Selection of Annuity ProvidersSafe Harbor for Individual Account Plans'', which establishes a safe harbor for the selection of annuity providers for the purpose of benefit distributions from individual account plans covered by title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The amendment to Interpretive Bulletin 95-1, as well as the safe harbor for annuity selections, will affect plan sponsors and fiduciaries of individual account plans, and the participants and beneficiaries covered by such plans.
Adoption of Amendment to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2006-06; (PTE 2006-06) For Services Provided in Connection With the Termination of Abandoned Individual Account Plans
Document Number: E8-23429
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document amends PTE 2006-06 (71 FR 20856, Apr. 21, 2006), a prohibited transaction class exemption issued under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Among other things, PTE 2006-06 permits a ``qualified termination administrator'' (QTA) of an individual account plan that has been abandoned by its sponsoring employer to select itself to provide services to the plan in connection with the plan's termination, and to pay itself fees for those services. In response to changes to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) enacted as part of the Pension Protection Act (PPA) of 2006, PTE 2006- 06 is amended to require, as a condition of relief under the exemption, that benefits for a missing, designated nonspouse beneficiary be directly rolled over into an inherited individual retirement plan that fully complies with Code requirements. This amendment also conforms to the Department's final rule amending regulations concerning the Termination of Abandoned Individual Account Plans at 29 CFR 2578.1 (the QTA Regulation), and the Safe Harbor for Distributions from Terminated Individual Account Plans at 29 CFR 2550.404a-3 (the Safe Harbor Regulation), which appears elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. The amendment to the class exemption affects plans, participants and beneficiaries of such plans and certain persons engaging in such transactions.
Selection of Annuity Providers-Safe Harbor for Individual Account Plans
Document Number: E8-23427
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a final regulation that establishes a safe harbor for the selection of annuity providers for the purpose of benefit distributions from individual account plans covered by title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). This regulation will affect plan sponsors and fiduciaries of individual account plans and the participants and beneficiaries covered by such plans. Also appearing in today's Federal Register is a final rule amending Interpretive Bulletin 95-1 to limit the application of the Bulletin to the selection of annuity providers for defined benefit plans.
Amendments to Safe Harbor for Distributions From Terminated Individual Account Plans and Termination of Abandoned Individual Account Plans To Require Inherited Individual Retirement Plans for Missing Nonspouse Beneficiaries
Document Number: E8-23424
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a final rule amending regulations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 that provide guidance and a fiduciary safe harbor for the distribution of benefits on behalf of participants or beneficiaries in terminated and abandoned individual account plans. The Department is amending these regulations to reflect changes enacted as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code), under which a distribution of a deceased plan participant's benefit from an eligible retirement plan may be directly transferred to an individual retirement plan established on behalf of the designated nonspouse beneficiary of such participant. Specifically, the amended regulations require as a condition of relief under the fiduciary safe harbor that benefits for a missing, designated nonspouse beneficiary be directly rolled over to an individual retirement plan that fully complies with Code requirements. This final rule will affect fiduciaries, plan service providers, and participants and beneficiaries of individual account pension plans.
State Plans for the Development and Enforcement of State Standards; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information-Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
Document Number: E8-23329
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-03
Agency: Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA solicits public comment concerning its request for an extension of the information collection requirements associated with its regulations and program regarding State Plans for the development and enforcement of state standards (29 CFR 1902, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956).
Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA) To Fund Demonstration Projects
Document Number: E8-23319
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) announces the availability of approximately $5 million to fund demonstration grants that target the employment and training needs of young parents. The Young Parents Demonstration program is to provide educational and occupational skills training leading to family economic self-sufficiency to both mothers and fathers, and expectant mothers ages 16 to 24. Projects funded will be encouraged to serve young parents in high-risk categories, including those who are court-involved, in the child welfare or foster care system, homeless, or victims of child abuse. This solicitation provides background information and describes the application submission requirements, outlines the process that eligible entities must use to apply for funds covered by this solicitation, and details how grantees will be selected.
Phoenix Leather, Inc., Brockton, MA; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E8-23303
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Onsite International Inc., El Paso, TX; Notice of Negative Determination Regarding Application for Reconsideration
Document Number: E8-23301
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Hillerich and Bradsby Company, Ontario, CA; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E8-23295
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Peoploungers, Inc., Mantachie, MS; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E8-23294
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Chase Home Finance, LLC, Division of JP Morgan & Co., Lexington, KY; Notice of Termination of Investigation
Document Number: E8-23293
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-03
Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor
Submission for OMB Review: Comment Request
Document Number: E8-23101
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-03
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Labor