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March 2017

Republicans offer a compromise plan to repeal and replace Obamacare...

The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is a carefully crafted political compromise designed to unite restless groups within the GOP congressional majority.

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Labor and employment regulations are on the chopping block...

In his broad attack on federal regulations of all varieties, President Trump is expected to zero in on rules that inhibit job creation or add to the cost of doing business for American companies.

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The presidentís daughter pushes plan for paid maternity leave...

In a sharp break from her fatherís efforts to curtail or revoke federal programs that regulate employment and business practices, Ivanka Trump, is putting together a plan to require paid maternity leave for women in the workplace.

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Immigration changes will impact all employers...

A key part of President Trumpís efforts to aggressively enforce the U.S. immigration laws will be a crackdown on illegal residents in the workplace. Reducing the pull of the ďjob magnetĒ is a central element of the Trump immigration plan.

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Trump and Pruitt take a hatchet to EPA...

Make no mistake about it, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the crosshairs of President Trumpís efforts to slash or repeal government programs.

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House blocks OSHA rule using Congressional Review Act...

In one of the first congressional efforts to utilize the little-used Congressional Review Act (CRA), the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to block a last-minute Obama administration regulation.

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New type of health plan benefits employees of smaller companies...

Until recently, employers who reimbursed employees for non-company sponsored medical care were subject to stiff fines under Obamacare—up to $36,500 a year per employee.  How that provision prevails as Congress tries to rewrite Obamacare remains to be seen.

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Be careful: Workplace hugs could end up being harassment...

Just when you thought that a friendly hug has become common and an acceptable social behavior, a federal appeals court has ruled that hugging in certain workplace situations can constitute sexual harassment.

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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.