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July 2016

 

EPA under pressure to meet new TSCA law deadlines...

With the enactment of a landmark reform of the 40-year-old federal toxic chemicals law, the focus is now on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement the complex requirements built into the new statute.

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Employers can’t drug-test workers after accidents or reward accident avoidance...

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that employers can’t automatically drug-test employees after workplace accidents or reward workers for avoiding accidents.

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Trump and House Republicans push to overhaul federal regulations...

Reduction of federal regulations is a central theme of both Republican leaders in Congress and the likely Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

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New “persuader rules” for union avoidance are put on hold...

Just as the Labor Department’s new “persuader rules” were about to take effect, a Texas federal court issued a nationwide injunction blocking the regulation on grounds that it was “defective to its core.”

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EEOC proposes rules to bar discrimination against Muslims...

Even as the likely GOP presidential candidate, Donald Trump, is calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, a federal agency is proposing new rules that would prohibit employers from doing likewise.

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Foreign technical students may work in the U.S. for up to three years...

Under new rules issued recently by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), foreign students with a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) from an accredited U.S. university are now allowed up to 36 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) with an employer who uses the federal government’s E-Verify program to assess the identity and employment authorization of new hires.

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Court says the NLRB can’t have it both ways...

In its expanded efforts to support union organization activities, the NLRB appears to be ignoring its earlier decisions and precedents. At least that’s the message from a recent federal appeals court ruling.

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EEOC settles first sexual orientation lawsuit...

In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a suit against an employer for discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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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.