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February 2013

A tsunami of new regulations...

There are nearly 6,000 proposed new rules already in the pipeline, according to the federal website that tracks pending federal rules, and there are lots more to come. Read more >>

Healthcare: The real work begins…

Why the number of employees you have this year is so important, plus contract employees and subsidizing multi-employer plans. Read more >>

Environment: The EPA and climate change…

Expect EPA regulations on green house gases, boiler emissions, electric plants and farm dust. Read more >>

Financial reform: Keeping an eye on your wallet…

The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 imposed 398 rulemaking requirements, but only 136 have been finalized. Expect the pace to pick up this year, led by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Read more >>

Labor: Problems for the NLRB...

Issues involving workplace and labor law will likely remain in limbo following a court ruling that President Obama exceeded his authority in naming three members of the NLRB through recess appointments. Read more >>

Workplace Safety: Crystalline silica rules are still languishing...

Advocates are hoping to spur action on rules to tighten standards for crystalline silica dust, which is widely found in mining, manufacturing and construction. Read more >>


Immigration Reform: A place where legislation may actually happen...

Plenty of sticky issues are left to resolve around immigration reform, but there’s broad consensus emerging that has good news and bad news for businesses. 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.