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June 2018

Pruitt faces growing opposition from conservative Republicans…

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), faces growing opposition from conservative Republicans over alleged ethical lapses and even over some of his efforts to ease environmental rules.

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GOP gives Trump free reign on tariffs, but opposes deals with Chinese tech firms…

Even as President Trump is discarding decades of Republican trade policy with punishing tariffs against our closest allies, he faces only token criticism from congressional Republicans. But his efforts to ease sanctions on two huge Chinese technology companies accused of trading with Iran and North Korea face strong opposition in Congress.

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High court supports class-action waivers, avoids a binding decision on gay rights…

In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that class action waivers in employment agreements are enforceable, making clear that businesses can require employees to resolve disputes with their employer through individualized arbitration rather than though class action or other collective legal proceedings.

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EPA moves to revise Obama administration’s Risk Management Program rules…

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed rescinding most of the amendments to the Risk Management Program (RMP), that were finalized in the waning days of the Obama administration.

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NLRB issues new, employer-friendly guidance on workplace rules…

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb has issued broad guidance on employee handbook rules that is in stark contrast to the guidance offered by his Obama-appointed predecessor.

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Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy may force Congress to act on immigration…

President Trump’s policy of separating children from adults caught illegally crossing the southern border may end the long stalemate in Congress over competing proposals to update the nation’s immigration laws.

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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.