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September 2014

Impass on Congressional Action will Continue until Next Year...

The almost total partisan impasse that has blocked congressional approval even of routine spending bills will continue until the new Congress begins in January. Read more >>

Supreme Court is Likely to Review Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements…

The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to consider whether controversial federal regulations violate free speech by requiring companies to disclose if their products contain “conflict minerals” from war-torn regions in Africa. Read more >>

As Business Increases So Do Corporate Taxes…

In a classic “good news, bad news” scenario, a new survey of state tax burdens has found that business taxes have increased significantly as a result of improving business conditions. Read more >>

NLRB Expands Protections for Employee Online Postings…

Firing an employee for “liking” a Facebook comment that the company thinks is disparaging violates federal labor law. Read more >>

Companies of all Sizes Boost Capital Spending…

One of the strongest signs of business optimism is a company’s willingness to invest in new buildings, equipment, computers and other capital spending.  Recent surveys indicate that U.S. businesses of all sizes either have made such investments or are planning to do so in the near future. Read more >>

Obamacare Opponents Suffer a Reversal in the Federal Courts…

A key federal appeals court in Washington has decided to review a ruling that would have invalidated federal subsidies to help millions of low- and middle-income people pay their premiums under Obamacare. Read more >>

Federal Minimum Wage Hike is Still Going Nowhere…

Despite President Obama’s efforts to make a higher minimum wage and equal pay for women the economic focus of the 2014 congressional elections, these issues continue to flounder in the Congress. Republican opposition to a wage hike is so strong that proposals to increase the minimum pay level aren’t expected to pass. 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 >>

OSHA is Looking into Workplace Violence…

Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has yet to develop rules and standards covering workplace violence, the federal safety watchdog has recently cited two employers for failing to protect their workers. 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.