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June 2016

 

TSCA reform measure is on the verge of approval...

The bipartisan legislation to update and reform the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is in the final lap of its marathon race toward expected approval by Congress and President Obama.

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There’s more at stake than the White House in this year’s election...

There are a number of complex subplots at play in this year’s elections, creating potential scenarios that reach far beyond the question of who will occupy the White House in January.

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Workplace injury reports to be published online by OSHA...

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published its new electronic recordkeeping rules, which will lead to making employee injury and accident reports available to the public through a searchable online database.

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Payday lending rules put new focus on consumer finance agency...

New rules to regulate so-called “payday” lenders will intensify business efforts to modify the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and the new consumer agency it created—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

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NLRB says company can’t hire permanent replacements for strikers...

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that a California company violated federal labor law by hiring permanent replacements for striking workers to punish the union and discourage future strikes.

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Companies of all sizes prepare for new federal overtime rules...

New Labor Department rules that will entitle millions of salaried workers to overtime will go into effect on December 1, and companies of all sizes are trying to plan for the changes.

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Obama could use a recess appointment to fill the Supreme Court vacancy...

Even if Senate Republicans fulfill their promise not to consider President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, Obama could place Garland on the high court for at least a year by using a recess appointment.

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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.