With Thomas Perez now confirmed as head of the Labor Department, the agency is expected to unleash a flurry of new regulations that have been bottled up for months — a prospect that has business leaders worried and labor advocates cheering.
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 rules and actions could help labor unions in organizing campaigns and allow union officials to take part in safety inspections at nonunion companies.
‘‘The general view of the business community is that there will be an activist, enforcement agenda,’’ said Michael Lotito, a San Francisco lawyer who represents employers in labor disputes. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.