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December 2014

Crisis avoidance will dominate Washington in the year ahead...

Rock climbing may soon replace politics as the skill required for survival in Washington. That’s because the Republican controlled Congress and a defiant President Obama will be facing off at the edge of numerous fiscal cliffs over the next year—and the ability to avoid falling off the edge will be a skill much in demand.Read more >>

Congressional Republicans will harass but not block Obama regulatory agenda...

The newly powerful GOP majority in both the House and Senate are planning to accelerate their attacks on President Obama’s ambitious regulatory platform. But they may have to rely on the courts and resistance by the states to actually block new federal rules. Read more >>

Using social media to check on job applicants can lead to problems…

In their continuing quest to set boundaries for the use of internet social media sites by both employers and employees, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are warning businesses to use care when looking at internet profile information when considering job applicants. Read more >>

Employers may not bar discussion of wages and other conditions of employment…

Attempting to enforce “confidential” wage policies for a unionized or non-union workforce is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act. That’s the message contained in a settlement between the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the huge online retailer Amazon, in which Amazon agreed to permit its mostly non-union workers to discuss pay and benefits with each other. Read more >>

Change at Senate environment panel illustrates the impact of GOP takeover...

The new leadership of the Senate committee that deals with most environmental issues is a stark illustration of the changes that Republican control of the Senate will bring. Read more >>

Conflict minerals rules will be reviewed by a key federal appeals court…

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has agreed to decide 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 >>

White House releases its latest regulatory agenda…

Just in case you were thinking there has to be a slowdown in the number of government rules and regulations, perhaps you should spend some time with the latest Agency Rule List from the White House Office of Management and Budget. This list, sometimes known as the Unified Agenda, contains all of the pending government regulations that have been proposed by all agencies and departments of the federal government. 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.