By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department is expected to unleash a flurry of new regulations that have been bottled up for months now that Thomas Perez has been confirmed to head the agency.
Business leaders are bracing for a more activist enforcement agenda, while labor leaders call Perez a champion of workers' rights.
Some long-awaited rules would help boost employment for veterans and the disabled, increase wages for home health care workers and set new limits for workplace exposure to dangerous silica dust.
Other, more controversial actions could help labor unions in organizing campaigns and allow union officials to take part in safety inspections at nonunion companies.
In many cases, the pending rules have languished for two years or more, stalled by election-year politics and the delay in installing Perez as labor secretary.
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