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October 2015

Deadlines loom for a divided Congress...

In a familiar scene that seems to be played out every year at this time, the badly splintered U.S. Congress runs from critical deadline to critical deadline in order to avoid a government shutdown or the termination of popular spending and tax programs.


TSCA reform stalled over a totally unrelated issue…

After nearly 40 years of trying to revise and update the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and despite 60 co-sponsors from both parties, two senators are keeping the Senate from voting on TSCA unless the Senate first reauthorizes the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

The LWCF has nothing to do with regulating toxic substances, but more on that in a moment.


Nearly 40% of mandatory injury reports lead to OSHA inspections…

New injury reporting requirements imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have resulted in site inspections of nearly 40% of the company’s reporting injuries and accidents.


New Pacific trade deal faces a rough road in Congress…

Here’s a question for you:  What Obama administration initiative is strongly opposed by Donald Trump and conservative Republicans on the one hand and by self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and many liberal Democrats on the other?


NLRB says employers can't muzzle a worker's right to talk to the press…

Companies can’t stop their employees from talking to the news media about pay and working conditions the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said in a complaint against lending giant Quicken Loans.


Supreme Court to rule on a key case involving union dues…

In a case that could deal a heavy blow to organized labor, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether public employees can be forced to pay union dues even if they are not members of the union.



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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.