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June 2015

Chemical regulation reform is speeding down the tracks…

The three-decade effort to update and strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—the federal government’s primary law for regulating chemicals—is on an unusually fast track in Congress.

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OSHA will soon publish company accident reports online…

As part of its proposed new rule requiring expanded reporting of workplace accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will require employers with more than 300 employees to submit those reports electronically.

Now, a top OSHA executive has confirmed that OSHA plans to publish those accident reports online for anyone to read.

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EPA water rules will be challenged as presidential overreach…

The Obama administration’s sweeping new rules to dramatically extend the government’s authority to regulate water pollution will be challenged in Congress and the federal courts as an overreach of the president’s executive authority.

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Did EPA violate federal lobbying laws urging support for new water rules?

When a federal agency proposes new rules or regulations, it is required to provide a period for public comment so that citizens, businesses and organizations can express their views on the proposed action.

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NLRB continues to crack down on employee handbooks…

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is continuing to expand its examination of company handbooks for rules that allegedly violate the right of employees to form unions. 

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Most companies are still struggling to comply with conflict mineral rules…

With June 1 bringing the second annual reporting deadline for conflict mineral usage, most companies are still struggling to comply with the rules amid trying also to keep up with continuing legal challenges to the rules and confusion over the source of the minerals in question. 

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Transgender workers get new federal rules on restroom access…

Transgender employees must be allowed to use restrooms of their choice rather than be limited to restrooms for the sex listed on their birth certificates or to gender-neutral restrooms.

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Federal judge upholds so-called "ambush election" rules…

A federal judge in Texas has upheld the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “ambush election” rules, which speed up the process for employees to unionize. 

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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.