Office of Labor Standards Passes City Council
After tirelessly working alongside Ald. Pawar, Ald. O’Connor, Ald. Ramirez Rosa, Arise Chicago, and SEIU for the past three years, I am pleased to announce that on Wednesday, the City Council unanimously approved the creation of the Office of Labor Standards. The new office will start on January 1.
This office, which will be an extension of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, will be responsible for enforcing the minimum wage ordinance, the paid sick leave ordinance, and anti-wage theft laws. The OLS would also be responsible for the proposed Fair Workweek Ordinance, of which I am a co-sponsor, if it passes City Council.
By enforcing laws that protect workers, the OLS will protect wage-earners from predatory employers, and it will ensure that those employers who are following the rules are competing on a level playing field.
The OLS will also be tasked with conducting community outreach to educate employers and employees about workplace laws. The outreach efforts will be funded, in part, with money collected from violations.
I am confident that the implementation of the OLS will strengthen the effectiveness of the forward-thinking policies we have enacted to protect Chicagoans and improve their working conditions.