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August 2015

Congress goes on recess with a plenty left to do...

When Republicans took over both the House and Senate last year, they promised to restore order to a Congress beset by partisan bickering and lack of action.

But, as lawmakers headed out the door for their annual August recess, impasse and inaction were still the name of the game being played on Capitol Hill. 

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NLRB "ambush election rules" upheld in court for the second time…

In a further setback for business groups, a second federal judge has upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s new “ambush election rules” that enable faster union representation elections and provide additional weapons for union organizers.

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Obama overtime pay proposal meets growing resistence from business…

President Obama’s proposed rule to dramatically expand the number of salaried workers eligible for overtime pay is encountering heavy resistance from business groups and some economists.

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EPA suffers a setback on cross-state pollution rules…

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) got a strong slap on the wrist when a federal appeals court in Washington, DC, ruled that EPA over-reached in its 2011 regulations on cross-state sulfur dioxide and ozone emissions.

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States enact new chemical rules ahead of upcoming TSCA reform…

As Congress moves to approve long-sought reforms of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a number of states are rushing through new chemical regulations in hopes of having those rules “grandfathered” by the new federal law.

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OSHA moves to "overturn" an adverse federal court ruling…

The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has proposed new employer record-keeping requirements that seek to effectively overturn a recent federal appeals court decision.  The newly proposed OSHA rules require businesses to maintain their records of workplace accidents for five years even though the statute of limitations for sanctions imposed by federal workplace safety laws is only six months.

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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.