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September 2018

With time running out, Congress prepares to punt…

Congress is getting ready to do what it does best: Kick the can down the road.

With the fiscal year ending on Sept. 30, the country faces a possible government shutdown, if Congress fails to pass all the spending bills required to keep federal agencies operating after that date. To avoid the shutdown, congressional leaders came up with an ambitious plan to combine the usual twelve (12) spending bills into a more manageable four (4) bills. It appears they will fall short of passing all four by Sept. 30.

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NLRB proposes new joint employer standard…

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has proposed new rules that would overturn the Board’s controversial Obama-era ruling that held companies responsible for the labor policies of franchisees and sub-contractors.

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Tax Reform 2.0 advances in Congress…

Republican leaders in Congress haven’t given up on passing more tax legislation.

Building on last December’s massive tax overhaul legislation, the House Ways and Means Committee has approved legislation to make several major, temporary provisions of that law permanent.

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Justice again differs from the EEOC on hiring guidelines…

Civil rights organizations have gone to court over a split within the Trump administration involving employer rules that bar hiring workers with criminal backgrounds.

The case involves an Obama-era ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that discourages employers from following such blanket hiring policies because they may have a disparate impact based on race or national origin.

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High Court ruling could undo rulings by OSHA administrative law judges…

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the legality of administrative law judge (ALJ) appointments could lead to overturning many rulings by ALJs in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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Congress may try to clarify sales tax rules for online sales…

Look for congressional efforts next year to once again provide a framework for states seeking to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax on their online sales.

The new legislation will be in response to a June Supreme Court ruling that opened the door for states to compel collection of sales taxes by out-of-state internet merchants. The June ruling overturned a 1992 high court decision which had limited when states could compel such sales tax collections.

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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.