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February 2016

Employers may soon be forced to report pay information...

The federal government will soon be requiring employers to provide data on salary and wages, a move that is expected to result in increased enforcement of gender and race discrimination cases.

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Obama to propose new rules for small business 401(k) plans...

President Obama’s 2017 budget will propose new rules to make it easier for small firms to join together in offering 401(k) retirement plans to workers. In an effort to make such plans available to more workers, the rules will even permit such joint efforts by businesses in different industries.

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Look for continued escalation of workplace safety enforcement...

Look for new rules, reporting requirements and enhanced enforcement activity by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2016.  Some initiatives will mark continuation of efforts begun in 2015 while others are new proposals.

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Congress will struggle to keep the Federal Aviation Administration aloft...

Look for a heated legislative battle in Congress over reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before the agency officially expires on March 31.

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Public interest and industry groups ramp up efforts to push TSCA reform...

As House and Senate lawmakers begin their efforts to reconcile their separate bills to update and reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), public interest groups are pushing for a focus on what they see as the biggest problems in the current law rather than a lengthy debate over smaller details.

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Republicans will investigate “executive overreach” by President Obama...

Exasperated by their unsuccessful efforts to revoke or repeal many of President Obama’s executive orders, Republicans are forming a task force to challenge the president's powers and what they term “executive overreach.”

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Obamacare will play a central role in the presidential elections...

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t have a strong opinion on the subject of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  The public opinion polls show people are either for Obamacare or can’t wait for someone to get rid of it.

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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.