Believe me when I tell you, nothing good will come out of a proposal in the Chicago Board of Alderman to create a new Office of Labor Standards that would be charged with enforcing minimum wage and paid sick leave laws in the Windy City. Alderman Ameya Pawar is the lead sponsor among 35 others who’ve signed on to the proposal to create the new enforcement office within the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. As drafted, the office would “partner” with community groups in order to “enlighten employers” about labor laws. And in the fine print, it’d also be empowered to handle complaints, investigate violations and collect and distribute back pay. In addition, the aldermen are also entertaining restrictive scheduling legislation not dis-similar to the so-called Fair Workweek laws in effect in New York, San Francisco and elsewhere. Scheduling enforcement would also be in the domain of the proposed Office of Labor Standard. Enlightened yet?