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October 2016

 

Congress faces a full slate of Lame Duck issues following the elections...

While avoiding a government shutdown so lawmakers could return home to campaign, Congress simply delayed a number of major spending and policy decisions until the lame duck session that will convene after the elections.

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States and business groups challenge new overtime rules...

The battle lines are forming in federal court to stop new government rules that would more than double the salary threshold for workers to be exempt from overtime pay requirements.

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Companies facing a strike may have to prove the need to hire replacement workers...

In a case with far-reaching potential to impact thousands of companies facing potential strikes, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel is arguing that employers who hire “permanent replacement” workers must prove that such tactics are necessary for their company to remain financially viable.

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OSHA takes steps to protect whistleblowers...

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken a number of steps to provide protection for whistleblowers who disclose safety violations or contact the government with reports of problems.

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Business group challenges OSHA’s “union walk around rule”...

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), a small business advocacy group, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to overturn the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) so-called “union walk around rule.”

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Conflict mineral rules continue to perplex U.S. companies...

Despite more than three years of trying, companies covered by the so-called “conflict minerals rule” continue to face challenges in complying with that law.

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Federal contractors will have to provide paid sick leave...

In its continuing efforts to mandate workplace benefits, the Obama administration will now require federal government contractors—and their subcontractors—to provide paid sick leave for their employees.

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White House conceding the TPP trade pact is likely to be rejected...

In a move demonstrating the bleak chances for Congressional approval of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a top White House aide is ready to ask lawmakers “what’s the alternative?”

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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.