President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to cancel the executive orders of his predecessor would have wide-ranging implications in compensation, paid leave, diversity in hiring, and protection for gay and transgender employees in the workplace.

Among more than 240 executive orders signed by President Barack Obama since he took office in 2009, about 27 relate to the workplace or societal actions that benefit minorities, younger workers and under-served communities among federal contractors and employees, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News.

Many of those orders already have affected corporate policy and societal expectations, said Clayborne Carson, professor of American history and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.

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