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Companies and employers may see an increased necessity to address and promote issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. It is important that such initiatives and policies be carefully crafted and implemented with the advice of counsel. (Credit: fizkes/Shutterstock)

On Jan. 20, within the first few hours of his administration, President Joe Biden signed the “Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” which states that the government has as a responsibility to affirmatively advance “equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity.”

This executive order requires federal agencies to assess “systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits for people of color and underserved groups” in order to develop policies and programs to address such inequities. It also revoked executive orders issued by former President Donald Trump that prohibited certain types of diversity and inclusion training and promoted “patriotic education.”

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