With the re-election of President Barack Obama, lawyers are bracing for more vigorous enforcement activity and new policy initiatives at federal regulatory agencies.

Consumer protection and workplace rights are among the areas where historically it’s made a clear difference who occupies the White House. As Obama begins his second term, lawyers expect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to be even more aggressive, although open-ended questions remain about agency leadership. Likewise, at two agencies that oversee the workplace — the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board — lawyers anticipate a renewed sense of purpose as well as new policy initiatives.