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May 2018

Trump softens stance on trade with China…

President Trump’s surprising move to lift sanctions against Chinese tech giant ZTE signals a sharp change of direction from his previously bellicose stance on tough trade moves toward China.

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The massive federal tax bill gave to business, but also took away...

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) enacted in December had lots of goodies for business, including a flat 21% tax rate, a 20 percent qualified business deduction for owners of pass-through entities, repeal of the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax and increased write-offs for capital spending..

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ICE ramps up workplace inspections in pursuit of illegal workers...

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have dramatically increased workplace inspections and audits in their pursuit of illegal workers, with the agency promising that the number of raids will more than triple this year compared to last year.

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EPA considers changing TSCA fee schedules...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering changes in the way it defines small businesses in setting industry user fees under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Small businesses are entitled to an 80% discount on the fees charged to larger firms.

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A completely new FTC will tackle antitrust and consumer protection issues...

With Senate confirmation of President Trump’s nominees for all five seats on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a completely new FTC faces complex antitrust policy questions and consumer protection issues, with a particular emphasis on data privacy and security. .

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Trump’s infrastructure plan appears dead for this year...

President Trump’s ambitious plan to spend $250 billion on infrastructure repairs to roads and bridges appears unlikely to win congressional approval this year.

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OSHA says all covered employers must submit electronic injury and illness reports...

After initially exempting employers in seven states from new electronic injury reporting requirements, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) now says all businesses with 250 or more employees—or companies in higher-risk industries with 20 or more workers—must comply with the reporting rules.

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Trump administration delays revised new rules for overtime pay...

In a surprise move, the Trump administration is delaying its revised proposal to overhaul overtime pay rules for “white collar” employees, which had been expected this spring, until next year.

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NLRB is reconsidering its controversial quickie election rules...

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will reconsider the Obama-era “quickie election” rule that permits union representation elections to be held in as few as 13 days after the filing of a representation petition.

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Employers will have to wait until next year for new EEOC wellness rules...

Waiting for Senate confirmation of its new chairman and a new Republican member, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says it will be next year before it can complete an update of controversial Obama-era rules regarding employer-sponsored wellness programs.

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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.