Diversity Equity and Inclusion

On February 25, 2021, the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets held a hearing entitled, “Climate Change and Social Responsibility: Helping Corporate Boards and Investors Make Decisions for a Sustainable World.”  The hearing invited panelists, including James Andrus, an investment manager for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), to discuss a variety of topics, including environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosures involving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) metrics, as well as corporate social accountability.… Continue Reading

It’s no secret that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are at the forefront of the national conversation surrounding social equity.  These same factors are influencing decisions by institutional investors.  A new Ernst & Young survey reports that, when making investment decisions, institutional investors are closely analyzing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the board room, amongst the workforce, and in recruitment initiatives. Continue Reading

As one of his first official acts as the President of the United States, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government (the Executive Order). It set in stone the social justice policies underpinning the Biden administration and repealed two Executive Orders issued by former President Trump: 1) Executive Order 13950 on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping and 2) Executive Order 13958 on Establishing the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission.… Continue Reading

Ballard Spahr Labor attorneys Meredith Dante, Steve Suflas, and Chris Kelly discuss what a Biden-Harris administration means for employers in the area of labor and employment law. The team discusses what they expect to see from a new administration regarding: potential changes to the National Labor Relations Act; the priorities of a new National Labor Relations Board; wage and hour impacts, and worker classification, at the federal level; and evolving equal employment opportunity, and equal pay, issues.… Continue Reading