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August 2017

Congress is unlikely to pass tax reform legislation this year...

Despite their brave talk over the past few weeks, the likelihood that President Trump and congressional Republicans will be able to push through a tax reform bill this year remains slim at best.

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Revised overtime regulations are under attack...

The Obama administration’s efforts to dramatically increase the number of U.S. workers subject to overtime pay are under attack in the courts and from the Trump administration.

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Conflict mineral reports continue to provide little information...

Only a handful of companies required to file reports under the federal government’s conflict minerals regulations are able or willing to conclude that their products are “conflict free.” The overwhelming number of companies did not reach a conclusion.

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Legalized marijuana poses complex challenges for drug-free workplace rules...

With 32 states and the District of Columbia legalizing some aspect of marijuana use, the jumble of marijuana laws represents a minefield of potential problems for enforcement of drug-free workplace rules. This situation is made even more challenging because marijuana use is still illegal under federal law.

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Pruitt’s efforts to reverse environmental rules are meeting court challenges...

Scott Pruitt is discovering that turnabout is fair play. Pruitt, who as Oklahoma’s attorney general, led 16 different court cases challenging actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is now the EPA administrator. And he’s finding that his current efforts to reverse or modify some of the same EPA rules he once challenged are being confronted in court by states and environmental groups.

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Trump administration splits over gays in the workplace...

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) appear to disagree over whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sex, also bars discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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NLRB continues to protect employee statements on social media...

Monitoring employee activity on social media continues to present challenges for businesses trying to dictate what their workers can and can’t say on the internet.

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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.