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October 2013

IRS: Send your money but don't expect a refund…

From the "No Surprises" department: As the federal goverment shut down on October 1st, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made clear that all taxpayers must still submit their tax returns and any payments on time or face penalties and interest.

Look for challenges to EPA's greenhouse gas regulations…

The EPA proposed rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants face a spate of lawsuits focused on one key issue: there is no proven technology at this time to meet the new emission standards when it comes to coal-fired plants.

NLRB limits policies focused on business secrecy…

The NLRB has signaled its belief that the First Amendment rights of employees to talk amongst themselves trumps the right of employers to keep basic information about their businesses secret.

IRS and Labor issue rules on taxes and benefits for same-sex couples…

Same-sex couples who are married in any jurisdiction that recognizes such marriages will be treated as married for tax purposes and under federal pension protection laws regardless of where they reside. Read more >>

Obamacare small business health insurance exchanges delayed…

Many small businesses wishing to participate in the new Obamacare health insurance exchanges will have to wait until November before they can buy new insurance policies online.

State AGs challenge EEOC restrictions

Nine state attorneys general have challenged policies of the EEOC that restrict the use of criminal background checks in hiring decisions. Read more >>

OSHA creates a new set of priorities for inspections…

OSHA has announced a new "weighted inspection system" designed to target the most serious workplace hazards for higher priority attention.


Manufacturing activity accelerated in September…

Looking for some good economic news? Here's some—manufacturing expanded last month at the fastest pace in two and a half years. 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.