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August 2016

 

Economic issues top the agenda for most voters...

The contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is a study in contrasts, with Clinton leaning on carefully choreographed, highly specific policies and positions while Trump relies on often spontaneous and typically broad statements on most issues.

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Group lists first 10 chemicals EPA should look at first under the new TSCA law...

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has until Dec. 22 to announce the first 10 chemicals it will evaluate under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and at least one environmental group has proposed which 10 substances the EPA should choose.

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Can companies reduce hours solely to avoid Obamacare-required health coverage?

Labor and health law experts are closely watching a class action lawsuit in which workers allege that their employer realigned workhours to avoid having to provide health insurance under Obamacare—the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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OSHA delays new anti-retaliation rules...

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has delayed new rules that would punish employers who retaliate against workers reporting workplace safety violations.

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Employers can’t bar employees from conducting personal business while onsite...

Employers can’t prohibit off-duty workers from conducting personal business on the employer’s premises.

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TPP could still pass despite opposition from both Clinton and Trump...

A coalition of business groups is organizing a grassroots campaign to convince members of Congress to approve the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact before the end of the year.

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Obama says that climate change should be part of environmental impact reviews...

President Obama is asking all federal agencies to examine potential climate change in considering the environmental impact of government decisions.

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NLRB says unions can organize a mixed unit without permission of both employers...

Reversing its own 2004 precedent, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has eliminated the requirement that unions receive the consent of both the employer and its staffing agency when seeking to organize a so-called “mixed” workplace into a single bargaining unit.

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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.