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September 2012

Manufacturers hit hard by federal regulations...

A recent report found that the average number of federal regulations with an economic impact greater than $100 million has risen every year for the past three presidential administrations. Read more >>

Tax increases in 2013…

A handful of tax increases for higher income earners were built into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and will take effect on January 1, 2013. Read more >>

OSHA extends protections for whistleblowers…

After a driver was fired for refusing to drive an explosive-filled truck with a co-driver who smoked, OSHA extended federal whistleblower protection to workers covered by the Surface Transportation Assistance Act. Read more >>

NLRB rules against blanket confidentiality during HR investigations…

In a ruling that contradicts common confidentiality practices in human resources investigations, the NLRB has said an employer cannot have a policy that keeps employees from talking to one another about problems in the workplace. Read more >>

Federal appeals court overturns EPA clean-air rule...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lacks the legislative authority of its regulations designed to curb pollution from power plants. Read more >>

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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.