Council struggles with how to pay for Office of Labor Standards

The City Council has put in a lot of worthwhile hours working on labor regulations to protect vulnerable workers — most recently on “secure scheduling” and paid family leave. They have also clarified that the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) is on point to enforce them. But the laws are meaningless if OLS doesn’t have the manpower to enforce them — and that means finding money.

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Protecting tenants from housing discrimination turns out to be tricky

Filed under “adventures in legal sausage-making…”

The Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee began deliberation on an ordinance that would modify the city’s housing code to provide additional protections for tenants against discrimination by landlords, and especially based on the source(s) of income being used to pay the rent. But it quickly turned into a messy — and possibly intractable — endeavor.

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