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Grant of Individual Exemptions; General Motors Hourly-Rate Employees Pension Plan; General Motors Retirement Program for Salaried Employees; Saturn Individual Retirement Plan for Represented Team Members; Saturn Personal Choices Retirement Plan for Non-Represented Team Members; Employees' Retirement Plan for GMAC Mortgage Group; Delphi Hourly-Rate Employees Pension Plan; and Delphi Retirement Program for Salaried Employees (Collectively, the Plans)

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AGENCY:

Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, Labor.

ACTION:

Grant of Individual Exemptions.

SUMMARY:

This document contains exemptions issued by the Department of Labor (the Department) from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code).

Notices were published in the Federal Register of the pendency before the Department of proposals to grant such exemptions. The notices set forth a summary of facts and representations contained in each application for exemption and referred interested persons to the respective applications for a complete statement of the facts and representations. The applications have been available for public inspection at the Department in Washington, D.C. The notices also invited interested persons to submit comments on the requested exemptions to the Department. In addition the notices stated that any interested person might submit a written request that a public hearing be held (where appropriate). The applicants have represented that they have complied with the requirements of the notification to interested persons. No public comments and no requests for a hearing, unless otherwise stated, were received by the Department.

The notices of proposed exemption were issued and the exemptions are being granted solely by the Department because, effective December 31, 1978, section 102 of Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. 1 (1996), transferred the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to issue exemptions of the type proposed to the Secretary of Labor.

Statutory Findings

In accordance with section 408(a) of the Act and/or section 4975(c)(2) of the Code and the procedures set forth in 29 CFR Part 2570, Subpart B (55 FR 32836, 32847, August 10, 1990) and based upon the entire record, the Department makes the following findings:

(a) The exemptions are administratively feasible;

(b) They are in the interests of the plans and their participants and beneficiaries; and

(c) They are protective of the rights of the participants and beneficiaries of the plans.

General Motors Hourly-Rate Employees Pension Plan; General Motors Retirement Program for Salaried Employees; Saturn Individual Retirement Plan for Represented Team Members; Saturn Personal Choices Retirement Plan for Non-Represented Team Members; Employees' Retirement Plan for GMAC Mortgage Group; Delphi Hourly-Rate Employees Pension Plan; and Delphi Retirement Program for Salaried Employees (Collectively, the Plans) Located in New York, New York

Exemption

The restrictions of section 406(a) of the Act and the sanctions resulting from the application of section 4975 of the Code, by reason of section 4975(c)(1)(A) through (D) of the Code, shall not apply to (1) the past and continuing lease (the Lease) by the Plans to CB Richard Ellis, Inc. (CB Richard Ellis), a party in interest with respect to the Plans, of commercial space in a certain office building; and (2) the exercise, by CB Richard Ellis, of an option to renew the Lease for one additional term, provided that the following conditions are met:

(a) All the terms and conditions of the Lease, including those providing CB Richard Ellis with an option to renew the Lease, are at least as favorable to the Plans as terms and conditions the Plans could have obtained in an arm's length transaction with an unrelated party;

(b) The interests of the Plans for all purposes under the Lease, including any renewal thereof, are represented by a qualified, independent fiduciary;

(c) The rent paid by CB Richard Ellis under the Lease, including any renewal thereof, is, at all times, no less than the fair market rental value of the leased space; and

(d) The independent fiduciary monitors the Lease, and any renewal thereof, on behalf of the Plans, and takes whatever actions necessary to safeguard the interests of the Plans and their participants and beneficiaries.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This exemption is effective as of December 17, 1998, the date on which CB Richard Ellis entered into the Lease.

For a more complete statement of the facts and representations supporting the Department's decision to grant this exemption, refer to the notice of proposed exemption (the Notice) published on October 19, 2000 at 65 FR 62761.

Notice to Interested Persons: The applicant was unable to notify interested persons within the time period specified in the Notice. However, the applicant stated that interested persons, including the appropriate fiduciaries of the Plans, were notified in the manner and time agreed to by the Department, by November 18, 2000. Interested persons were informed that they had 30 days to submit any written comments regarding the Notice to the Department. No written comments were received by the Department.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Karin Weng of the Department, telephone (202) 219-8881. (This is not a toll-free number.)

Care Services Employees’ 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust (the Plan) Located in Beachwood, OH

Exemption

The restrictions of sections 406(a) and 406(b)(1) and (b)(2) of the Act and the sanctions resulting from the application of section 4975 of the Code, by reason of section 4975(c)(1)(A) through (E) of the Code, shall not apply to the (1) cash sale by the Plan, occurring on December 30, 1997, of certain assets (the Assets), to Mr. Warren L. Wolfson, a party in interest with respect to the Plan; and (2) the prospective cash resale of the Assets by the Plan to Mr. Wolfson. Start Printed Page 4043

This exemption is subject to the following conditions:

(a) Each sale of the Assets was or will be a one-time transaction for cash.

(b) The Plan received or will receive no less than the fair market value of the Assets at the time of each sale.

(c) The sales price for each Asset was determined or will be determined by a qualified, independent appraiser at the time of each sale transaction.

(d) The terms of the past and prospective sales transactions were or will be no less favorable to the Plan than those obtainable in similar transactions negotiated at arm's length with unrelated parties.

(e) The Plan did not incur any fees or commissions in connection with the past sale of the Assets nor will it incur any fees or commissions expenses with respect to the prospective sale of such Assets.

(f) Within 60 days of the publication, in the Federal Register, of the notice granting this proposed exemption, Mr. Wolfson will file a Form 5330 with the Internal Revenue Service and pay all appropriate excise taxes that may be due and owing with respect to prohibited transactions arising in connection with certain of the Assets.

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EFFECTIVE DATE:

This exemption is effective as of December 30, 1997 with respect to the initial sale of the Assets by the Plan to Mr. Wolfson. In addition, this exemption is effective as of the date of the grant with respect to the resale of the Assets by the Plan to Mr. Wolfson.

For a more complete statement of the facts and representations supporting the Department's decision to grant this exemption, refer to the notice of proposed exemption published on October 31, 2000 at 65 FR 65011.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Jan D. Broady, Department of Labor, telephone (202) 219-8881. (This is not a toll-free number.)

IRAs for Eldon Nysether and Mark Nysether (the IRAs) Located in Seattle, Washington

[Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2001-03; Exemption Application Nos. D-10901 and D-10902]

Exemption

The sanctions resulting from the application of section 4975 of the Code, by reason of section 4975(c)(1)(A) through (E) of the Code, shall not apply to the proposed sale by the IRAs of their interests in certain improved real property (the Property) to Sea-Land Development Corporation, a disqualified person with respect to the IRAs,[1] provided that the following conditions are satisfied: (1) The sale is a one-time transaction for cash; (2) the IRAs pay no commissions nor other expenses relating to the sale; and (3) the sale price received by the IRAs equals the Property's fair market value, as of the date of the sale, as established by a qualified, independent appraiser.

For a more complete statement of the facts and representations supporting the Department's decision to grant this exemption, refer to the notice of proposed exemption published on December 6, 2000 at 65 FR 76292.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Karin Weng of the Department, telephone (202) 219-8881. (This is not a toll-free number.)

General Information

The attention of interested persons is directed to the following:

(1) The fact that a transaction is the subject of an exemption under section 408(a) of the Act and/or section 4975(c)(2) of the Code does not relieve a fiduciary or other party in interest or disqualified person from certain other provisions to which the exemptions does not apply and the general fiduciary responsibility provisions of section 404 of the Act, which among other things require a fiduciary to discharge his duties respecting the plan solely in the interest of the participants and beneficiaries of the plan and in a prudent fashion in accordance with section 404(a)(1)(B) of the Act; nor does it affect the requirement of section 401(a) of the Code that the plan must operate for the exclusive benefit of the employees of the employer maintaining the plan and their beneficiaries;

(2) These exemptions are supplemental to and not in derogation of, any other provisions of the Act and/or the Code, including statutory or administrative exemptions and transactional rules. Furthermore, the fact that a transaction is subject to an administrative or statutory exemption is not dispositive of whether the transaction is in fact a prohibited transaction; and

(3) The availability of these exemptions is subject to the express condition that the material facts and representations contained in each application accurately describes all material terms of the transaction which is the subject of the exemption.

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Signed at Washington, D.C., this 10th day of January, 2001.

Ivan Strasfeld,

Director of Exemption Determinations, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

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Footnotes

1.  Pursuant to 29 CFR 2510.3-2(d), the IRAs are not within the jurisdiction of Title I of the Act. However, there is jurisdiction under Title II of the Act, pursuant to section 4975 of the Code.

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[FR Doc. 01-1196 Filed 1-16-01; 8:45 am]

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