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December 2013

Free speech & an employee's right to use Facebook™…

The First Amendment rights of workers to speak their minds on the internet continue to clash with the rights of employers to regulate employee behavior.

Business groups challenge EPA's debarment of BP…

Leading business and manufacturing associations have joined a court case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) debarment—or disqualification—of BP from any new federal contracts.

Federal trustbusters go after piano teachers…

Just when you thought that federal bureaucrats had enough to do, here comes a powerful federal antitrust agency going after the nation’s piano teachers.

Congress unlikely to increase the minimum wage…

President Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage over several years from its current $7.25 to $10.10 will run into a solid wall of Republican opposition in the House and is unlikely to pass in this Congress.

Tax reform loses steam as Congress moves toward a budget deal…

The push for both personal and corporate tax reform is slowing as lawmakers face the reality of putting together a federal budget with next year’s mid-term elections hanging over their heads.

OSHA wants to post company injury reports on the Web…

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants nearly 500,000 businesses to report their injury and illness records electronically so that OSHA can then post those records online for the public to see.

Four federal agencies examine new rules on chemical safety…

Four federal agencies—the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Labor (DOL)—are asking the public to comment on the need to update or expand rules for companies that deal with chemicals.

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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.