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Lisa Gomez has hit the ground running since being sworn in as assistant secretary of labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration last fall. “I think that I’m bringing a different perspective to the agency, and we’re working really well together,” she said in remarks at the recent Employee Benefit Research Institute’s Spring Policy Forum.

Shortly after assuming her position, the U.S. Department of Labor finalized its ESG rule, which explicitly permits retirement plan fiduciaries to consider environmental, social and governance factors when selecting investments and exercising shareholder rights. The rule has faced significant political pushback, including two lawsuits filed in federal court

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