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January 2016

Congress faces a number of divisive policy battles as election-year politics begin to dominate key decisions in the months ahead...

With both parties looking for ways to improve their chances of winning the White House, Republican leaders must also be careful to protect their vulnerable 54-seat majority in the Senate.  The election map this year favors Democrats, who have only 10 seats up for election—eight of them considered “safe”—compared to 34 GOP seats, only 14 of which are currently considered “safe.”

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New toxic chemical law will pass early this year…

With Senate passage last month of a long-stalled measure to update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the path is finally clear to enact a new chemical regulation law after more than a decade of trying.

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Employees can't be barred from making videos or recordings at work…

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that employers can’t ban workers from taking photos, shooting videos or recording conversations in the workplace.

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OSHA can seek to abate violations even where it hasn't inspected a facility…

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can require an employer to abate safety hazards at worksites it has not inspected by relying upon “information and belief”.

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GAO says EPA conducted illegal social media lobbying campaign…

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can require an employer to abate safety hazards at worksites it has not inspected by relying upon “information and belief”.

 

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Obama has until mid-May to finalize thousands of new regulations…

It’s President Obama’s last year in office—actually his term runs until Jan. 20, 2017, so he’s got a bit over a year left.  This is his last chance to push through thousands of federal regulations that are either in the works or about to be proposed by various federal agencies.

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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.