>April 25, 2007
>OSHA Leaves Worker Safety in Hands of Industry
>By STEPHEN LABATON
>WASHINGTON, April 24 — Seven years ago, a
>Missouri doctor discovered a troubling pattern
>at a microwave popcorn plant in the town of
>Jasper. After an additive was modified to
>produce a more buttery taste, nine workers came
>down with a rare, life-threatening disease that was ravaging their lungs.
>Puzzled Missouri health authorities turned to
>two federal agencies in Washington. Scientists
>at the National Institute for Occupational
>Safety and Health, which investigates the causes
>of workplace health problems, moved quickly to
>examine patients, inspect factories and run
>tests. Within months, they concluded that the
>workers became ill after exposure to diacetyl, a food-flavoring agent.
April 23, 2007
Employment Law Attorney Is the New ‘Apprentice’
If Donald Trump has any workers’ comp woes, his
new “apprentice” should be able to help him out.
In the finale of the sixth season of the NBC
reality show The Apprentice, held on April 22 at
the Hollywood Bowl, Trump selected 32-year old
Stefani Schaeffer as his new apprentice. She is
the first attorney to be selected and only the second woman.
Schaeffer attended Southwestern School of Law’s
accelerated SCALE program and graduated in the
top 10 percent of her law school class. Her
specialty is defending employers, primarily real
estate developers against workers’ compensation
subrogration, discrimination, and product defect claims.
For her $250,000 salary for her year as the
Apprentice, Schaeffer had the choice of
overseeing a skyscraper in Atlanta or a new
condo/resort complex in the Dominican Republic.
She chose the Caribbean assignment.