Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Bagolie & Friedman Lecture to Lawyers on Workers' Compensation Practice

New Jersey - December 2006 - Workers' Compensation Trial Lawyers Ricky Bagolie and Alan Friedman were invited to speak to a group of lawyers interested in advanced workers' comp trial tips. The unique program took place on December 2 at Pines Manor in Edison and was sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America - New Jersey (ATLA-NJ). It featured a panel of some of the most respected workers’ compensation attorneys in the state.

The program was packed with practice pointers that have proven successful in matters ranging from Using Epidemiology to Cross Examining Defense Experts, Post Settlement Enforcement Motions, Navigating the Latest Lien Issues and the Ethical Considerations in Dealing with Problem Clients. "Attendees took home new ideas that they could immediately apply to their current and future cases", said Bagolie.

Ricky Bagolie and Alan Friedman have lectured to attorneys locally, nationally as well as internationally and are the founding members of Bagolie Friedman Injury Lawyers, of Jersey City & Clifton, NJ and affiliate offices in Hollywood, Florida and Brisbane, Australia may be reached toll free at 1-866-333-3529, via e-mail at info@bagoliefriedman.com

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

OSHA Report Of Asbestos in Brake Pads Gets Congressional Scrutiny

Andrew Schneider of the Baltimore Sun reported that OSHA had threatened to suspend an employee for refusing to withdraw an OSHA bulletin describing the hazards of asbestos in brake pads, Asbestos-Automotive Brake and Clutch Repair Work. The article also suggested that former Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, John Henshaw, had inappropriately influenced the agency to rescind the bulletin.

Congressman George Miller (D-CA), soon-to-be chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao saying that he was "alarmed to learn that OSHA was withdrawing and replacing" the bulletin.

Equally disturbing, according to Miller, is the news that DOL proposed to suspend the OSHA employee who drafted the original safety bulletin."

Miller requested all documents relating to communications between OSHA and the Office of Management and Budget, documents relating to Henshaws communications with the Department relating to the bulletin and all documents relating to the development of the bulletin.

Thank goodness that, finally, we have someone in Congress that will be looking out for worker safety.