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February 2018

Trump administration makes it harder for the government to sue companies...

In a move that will make it significantly more difficult for the federal government to prosecute infractions of laws by companies and private citizens, the Justice Department has restricted the use of so-called “guidance documents” that signal the government’s interpretation of federal laws.


Trump wants to ease environmental rules for infrastructure projects...

A key component of President Trump’s ambitious new infrastructure program involves revision of federal environmental regulations and requirements to streamline and speed the application and approval process for infrastructure projects.


Look for criminal charges against companies with “no-poach” agreements...

The Trump administration will soon bring criminal indictments against companies that have agreed not to recruit or hire each other's employees.


EPA and environmentalists argue over Pruitt’s enforcement efforts...

Even as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claimed $5 billion in fines and penalties against companies for violating environmental laws in 2017, critics charged that most of the cases cited by EPA were initiated—or even finalized—under President Obama.


Supreme Court to rule on arbitration clauses in employment agreements...

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether employment agreements that require arbitration violate the federal law that protects the right of employees to engage in class-action lawsuits.


Little change so far in OSHA enforcement actions under Trump...

Despite the Trump administrations deregulatory agenda, there has not been a noticeable pullback in workplace inspections and enforcement actions by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


Investigating workplace harassment and assault allegations...

The wave of news stories about of sexual harassment and assault allegations frequently involve a failure by human resource departments to conduct proper investigations into such complaints.



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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.