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It's very common for U.S. Presidents to issue executive orders while in office. William Henry Harrison, who spent just over a month as president before dying, is the only person to hold the office and not issue an executive order, according to The American Presidency Project. The last four presidents before Joe Biden all issued at least 220 executive orders. President Biden signed 17 executive orders into action on his first day in office. Those orders will impact various forms of American life, including businesses. 

According to Human Resource Executive, Biden's order to create an office of White House COVID-19 response and another order to start a nationwide face mask and social distancing mandate on federal properties and by federal employees could encourage many employers to continue current work-from-home policies. The COVID order could also lead to more employers encouraging their workers to get vaccinated against coronavirus.

Another thing that might impact businesses who work with or for federal agencies, according to Human Resource Executive's Report, is Biden's order that further protects workers from discrimination based on their gender identity and sexual orientation. 

There are still fewer protections against LGBTQ discrimination in the private sector workplace. Just 22 states and Washington D.C. have laws that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.