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August 2014

Chemical safety reform appears unlikely this year…

Despite a surprising bi-partisan push last year and broad agreement that the 37-year-old federal chemical safety law is badly in need of repair, efforts to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) appear hopelessly stalled in Congress. Read more >>

NLRB ruling in McDonald’s case could reach far beyond fast-food restaurants…

A National Labor Relations Board ruling that McDonald’s can be held jointly liable for employment violations committed by its franchisees could impact businesses of all types that use temporary workers or subcontractors, according to labor law experts. Read more >>

OSHA and the Transportation Department join forces to protect whistleblowers…

Motor carrier workers who complain about safety violations will receive added protection from employer retaliation under a new agreement between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an agency of the federal Department of Transportation. Read more >>

Future of Obamacare may once again be decided by the Supreme Court…

The U.S. Supreme Court, which has already ruled twice on key issues involved in the Affordable  Care Act (HCA)—popularly known as Obamacare—may once again have to decide whether the law can survive. Read more >>

The do-nothing Congress won’t do much more…

House Republicans have told House Speaker John Boehner that broad immigration legislation is off the table in this Congress. Read more >>

States challenge EPA’s new carbon dioxide emission rules…

In the first of what will likely be dozens of lawsuits, 12 states have joined to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), arguing that a proposed EPA rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants violates federal law. Read more >>

Companies seeking federal contracts will have to disclose past misdeeds…

Companies that want to do business with the federal government will now have to disclose labor law violations over the past three years under a new executive order signed by President Obama. Read more >>

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Gene Goldenberg

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.