President Donald Trump's nomination of former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta to head the U.S. Department of Labor drew praise from management-side attorneys who believe he will adhere to the administration's less aggressive regulatory posture, while also garnering cautious optimism from unions who see his past public service as a sign he will dutifully enforce labor laws.

Steven W. Suflas of Ballard Spahr LLP, for one, said he would categorize Acosta's potential impact less in terms of outright deregulation and more along the lines of "a re-examination of a number of things the DOL has recently done and whether they went too far."

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