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Smoother Road To Confirmation Seen For New DOL Chief Pick

Law360, New York (February 16, 2017, 10:12 PM EST) -- 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.

In nominating Acosta, who would be the first Hispanic member of Trump’s cabinet, the president chose an individual who is no stranger to public service. In addition to serving as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the Harvard-educated Acosta held roles under the...

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