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May 2016

 

Clinton vs. Trump: The choices ahead are still unclear...

After months of seemingly endless political news and primary battles, the presidential nominees of both parties are finally clear...absent some miraculous reversal, it’s Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump.

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Key lawmakers are talking about corporate tax reform this year...

A bipartisan group of congressional leaders is quietly discussing a potential deal on corporate tax reform, with the focus on making it harder for U.S. companies to avoid taxes by moving to foreign countries.

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Government issues guidance on protecting workers from the Zika virus...

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika virus, including steps that employers should take to protect outdoor workers, employees who may be infected with the virus and employees traveling to Zika-infected areas.

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Obama Clean Power Plan is on hold, but EPA keeps planning anyway...

Plans for President Obama’s Clean Power Plan are proceeding even though the U.S. Supreme Court has put that program on hold while litigation continues in lower federal courts.

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2015 conflict minerals reports are due May 31...

All U.S. companies using so-called conflict minerals in their products during 2015 must report required information to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by May 31.

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New federal law will help companies protect their trade secrets...

Congress has passed—and President Obama is expected to sign—the Defend Trade Secrets Law of 2016 providing new federal remedies to companies and individuals whose trade secrets have been stolen—a problem that causes an estimated $300 billion in annual losses to American businesses.

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OSHA’s view of recordable incidents may surprise you...

When is a scratched finger a recordable incident under federal workplace safety rules? When the scratched employee faints at the sight of his own blood, according to the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

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Employee class-action lawsuits over 401(k) plans are on the rise...

Armed with a year-old Supreme Court decision reinforcing an employer’s fiduciary obligations to monitor 401(k) plans, employees are filing and winning class-action lawsuits against employers for excessive fees, conflicts of interest and generally poor plan designs.

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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.