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April 2016

 

Congress is already shutting down for the elections...

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a presidential election happening later this year. In addition to endless political ads on TV and interminable, redundant discussions by political pundits, it also means a shortened legislative schedule for Congress because of the party nominating conventions in July and August. And even with some sessions scheduled in September, not much will get done as every seat in the House and one-third of the Senate seats are up for grabs.

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Chemical safety and energy efficiency face impending election year deadlines...

A number of congressional initiatives, including a long battle to update the 40-year-old federal chemical safety regulations and a wide-ranging energy efficiency measure, are racing against the election-year deadlines looming over Congress.

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Supreme Court vacancy threatens to block Obama’s immigration plan...

A potential deadlock at the U.S. Supreme Court threatens to ensure that President Obama’s controversial plan to protect 5 million illegal aliens from deportation won’t be implemented while he is in office.

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Employers must report all union “persuader” activities...

Private employers and their advisors must now report any arrangement with consultants, lawyers or other outside experts who are hired to persuade employees about their right to organize unions.

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New federal limits on silica dust are finally approved...

The federal government has approved final rules for workplace exposure to crystalline silica despite industry claims that the new lower limit is unattainable.

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EEOC sues to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual private employees...

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) now insists that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects employees of private companies from discrimination based on their sexual orientation.

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Workers can use statistical analyses to prove wage damages...

In a decision making it easier for employees to use class action lawsuits to recover lost wages and overtime, the Supreme Court ruled that plaintiffs can use statistical analyses to show that they were denied appropriate pay.

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Democrats hope to win back the Senate with a Trump candidacy...

The prospect of Donald Trump leading the Republican ticket this November has Democrats almost giddy in anticipation of the fall-out on key Senate races around the country.

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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.