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September 2016

 

Congress once again plays brinkmanship with a government shutdown...

If you see a news story about Congress looking into mini-buses, don’t be confused. It’s not about an investigation of public transportation or vehicle safety. It’s about approving measures to fund federal agencies and avoid a government shutdown.

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EPA takes first steps to implement new TSCA reform law...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken its first steps to implement the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the long-awaited reform of federal chemical safety regulation approved by Congress and the president this summer. Chemical industry leaders are applauding the speed of the agency’s actions.

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Anti-bias rules apply to federal subcontractors, not just contractors...

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has recently made it crystal clear that federal affirmative action requirements apply just as much to subcontractors as they do to the prime contractors who employ them.

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Obama looks to bolster his climate change legacy...

With only four months left in his presidency, Barack Obama is determined to leave a lasting legacy as a leader in the battle against climate change.

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Employers can violate labor laws simply by calling employees independent contractors...

The top lawyer for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has outlined his legal view that improperly labeling someone as an independent contractor is in and of itself a violation of federal labor law because it deprives that worker of his or her union bargaining rights.

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EEOC issues guidance for growing number of retaliation claims...

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says that 45% of the private-sector charges filed with the commission in 2015 involved charges of retaliation against employees. Retaliation claims have doubled since 1998, the last time the EEOC issued guidelines for both employers and employees to avoid charges of retaliation.

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Democrats want more help from Clinton in key Senate races...

With Hillary Clinton spending substantial time and money in key battleground states, Democratic party leaders are increasingly worried about their chances of winning Senate seats in several crucial races elsewhere.

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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.