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October 2014

Lame Duck Congress will Focus on Spending Bills and Tax Entenders...

Whatever the outcome of the mid-term elections next month, Congress will have to return to Washington for a “lame duck” session. Read more >>

Impasse on Chemical Safety Reform is Likelty to Continue…

Congressional efforts to update the 38-year-old federal chemical safety law will have to wait until next year now that a key Democratic senator has put forward her own proposal and labeled a bipartisan plan favored by the chemical industry as a step backward from current law. Read more >>

Government Admits Conflict Minerals May be Impossible to Track…

Acknowledging what U.S. companies have been saying for two years, the federal government has finally admitted that it can’t be sure which refiners and smelters around the world are using so-called “conflict minerals” and thereby funding violence in Africa. Read more >>

Obamacare Keeps Heading Toward Another Supreme Court Date…

As noted in last month’s Capitol Connect, it’s appearing more and more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will once again review a core element of the Affordable Care Act—popularly known as Obamacare. Read more >>

Employers Retain the Right to Ban Union-Organizing Activity on Company E-mail…

In a rare but perhaps temporary victory for employers, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that company e-mail systems belong to the employer and can be subjected to rules prohibiting their use for union-organizing activity or other purposes at non-union companies. Read more >>

If Marijuana is Legal, Can an Employer Fire Someone for Using it?

That’s the intriguing question before the Colorado Supreme Court in a case that could impact both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana in 24 states. Read more >>

Companies Will Have to Report Work-Related Injuries Online…

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new rule requiring companies to report within 24 hours on all work-related injuries resulting in a hospitalization, OSHA plans to publish those reports online. 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.