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July 2012

What the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means for small business…...

The Supreme Court’s decision approving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act means opportunities and obligations for small-business owners and their employees. Read more >>

Criminal background checks in hiring…

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidelines to make clear that a blanket policy on hiring anyone with a criminal record is a potential violation of federal law. Read more >>

Greenhouse gas fight goes back to Congress…

Expect a federal appeals court ruling upholding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its controversial greenhouse gas rules to fuel a renewed and expanded fight in Congress to rescind those rules and take away the EPA’s right to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Read more >>

Small businesses lower their hiring expectations……

The small business confidence level fell to 92.8 in the second quarter from 105.1 in the first three months of 2012, which had been its highest level in a year, according to the survey, conducted by Vistage International, of CEOs at 1,650 small and medium-sized businesses. Read more >>

Unions must tell non-members about lobbying expenditures...

In another Supreme Court ruling, the court said labor unions must notify non-members about special assessments or temporary dues increases used to fund political activities. Read more >>

NLRB rule on small collective bargaining units is under attack…...

Business groups are asking a federal appeals court to overturn a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that permits workers to select small collective bargaining groups based on “communities of interest” as defined by the same job description. Read more >>

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Gene Goldenberg has joined us in Washington, D.C., as a consultant on federal, legislative and public policy issues. Gene is an accomplished Washington professional with three decades of experience in business, government affairs, public relations and journalism.

Most recently, he has operated his own consulting business specializing in government affairs and business consulting for corporate and association clients. Prior to that, Gene served in senior management positions with Wolters Kluwer (CCH Tax and Accounting) and H&R Block, Inc. following an award-winning career as a Washington journalist with newspaper and magazine publishers.

In his corporate positions, Gene played a key role directing relations with numerous federal and state government agencies and twice has served as president of the leading association in the tax software and tax preparation industries. His many years managing business-to-business sales and marketing have given him a broad understanding of the problems and challenges facing small to medium sized companies.

His earlier journalism career included writing about Congress, the White House and numerous federal agencies for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper group as well as the Kiplinger Washington Letter and other business publications. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.