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April 2015

Chemical regulation reform appears headed for action…

After a decade of trying to fix the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—the federal government’s primary law for regulating chemicals—it appears that a bipartisan effort to update this nearly 40-year-old statute has a strong chance for success this year. Read more >>

NLRB insists that requiring arbitration to resolve labor disputes is illegal…

Even as more and more businesses are requiring workers to use arbitration rather than lawsuits to resolve labor disputes, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to declare that such policies violate federal law. Read more >>

Republicans are still a few votes short of blocking Obama's Clean Power Plan…

Republican congressional leaders have made clear their goal of blocking the Obama administration’s plan to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the power-generating industry. But in test votes so far this year, they have come up short on the votes needed to achieve that goal.. Read more >>

Workers don't have to wait for the OSHA inspector…

The federal Occupational and Safety Health Act requires all employers to provide a safe workplace for their employees. But what many business owners may not realize is that workers don’t have to wait for federal safety inspectors to issue warnings before they refuse to work in situations where they face unreasonable danger of injury. Read more >>

Employers step in to raise minimum wage even when Congress won't…

The U.S. Congress has steadfastly refused to raise the federal minimum wage in recent years despite repeated efforts to enact increases.  The previous Republican majority in the House—and now in both the House and Senate—have blocked proposals to boost the minimum above the current $7.25 an hour, where it has been since July of 2009. Read more >>

Supreme Court takes up challenge to another EPA climate rule…

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide yet another case involving an Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) air quality rule—this one involving the EPA’s limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by coal- and gas-fired power plants. 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.