The video remarks will start at 10 a.m. EST at http://www.dol.gov/regulations. From 2
p.m. to 3 p.m. EST at the same Web location, the secretary will host a live Web
chat — open to the public — to discuss the contents of
The announcement of the event said Solis’ Web chat
will be followed on December 7, 8, and 9 (at the same Web address) by chats hosted
by the heads of DoL agencies the Occupational Safety and Health Administration,
the Office of Labor-Management Standards, the Wage and Hour Division, the
Employment and Training Administration, the Mine Safety and Health
Administration, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and the Employee
Benefits Security Administration.
The Web events are scheduled a little more than two weeks
after the department was blasted for the EBSA’s withdrawal of final regulations
regarding the provision of investment advice to defined contribution plan
participants (see Boehner Slams Obama Administration for Advice Move). The question of what
priority the issuance of new rules has in the DoL’s agenda may be answered by
Among other retirement plan issues, the department has
been called on to look into standards for target-date funds (see Target-date Fund Practices Targeted in Senate Hearing). The DoL and the
Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year held a joint hearing on
target-date fund issues (see Rules/Regs:Hearing Aids?).
In addition, the DoL, along with the Treasury and
Department of Health and Human Services missed the October deadline for final guidance
on the implementation of the mental health parity law. HHS Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius said the three agencies are working diligently to issue that guidance
by January 2010 (see Regulators Pass Deadline for Guidance on Mental Health Parity).