After several months of work, the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has published a draft set of rules for implementing the secure scheduling ordinance passed by the Council last September. Tuesday morning, they briefed the City Council on the rulemaking process and what topics they felt the need to address in those rules.
Budget chair Tim Burgess’s plan for this year was to use two rounds of discussion to build most of the 2017-2018 budget by consensus, leaving today’s meeting to hash out whatever controversies remain. That is exactly how it played out, and even today’s meeting had few major conflicts.
There aren’t a lot of meetings this week, but they ought to be informative.
The Council’s hearing this morning on regulating short-term rentals (a la AirBnB) tops the news. Plus several other tidbits.
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.
There’s no question that the “small but mighty” Office of Labor Standards needs to grow. The question is how to pay for it.
Yesterday’s Council hearing on funding the Office of Labor Standards made the news this morning, along with the troubled NCIS utility billing system, police reform, and more.
It looks like Tuesday is going to be the super interesting day in Council Chamber this week.