Critics say law would steal overtime pay from workers

Working families need higher wages and guaranteed time to care, not smoke and mirrors

Working families need higher wages and guaranteed time to care, not smoke and mirrors

It now goes to the Senate.

The House bill is sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama. Sen.

Advocates said the measure would require employers to give workers their choice between overtime and comp time.

Q: Would employers be required to offer their employees compensatory time instead of overtime pay?

Under the bill, employers would be able to offer workers a choice between overtime pay or comp time, up to 160 hours a year.

Importantly, in any circumstance where "comp time" is cashed out, it must be paid at the higher of the "regular rate earned by such employee when the compensatory time was accrued" or "the regular rate earned by such employee at the time such employee received payment of such compensation". Any unused comp time at the end of the year would need to be paid by the employer at the overtime rate.

Under the Working Families Flexibility Act, if the worker's request to use her comp time is denied, she would have no recourse.

As written, eligible employees would have to agree in writing to the "comp time" arrangement.

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Roby introduced the bill to the House of Representatives, and it passed there.

The 79-year-old law now mandates that certain employees who work more than 40 hours per week must earn time-and-a-half compensation in their next paycheck for the extra time.

"I don't think there's anything more powerful than giving them more control over their time so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families", Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington said Tuesday morning in a press conference held by Republican leaders in the House.

Leading Democrats strongly oppose the bill.

An employee can not accrue not more than 160 hours of "comp time". Employees may well claim that they were pressured into accepting "comp time" by management, particularly those in seasonal businesses.

The bill "would help American workers balance the competing demands of family and work by giving them flexibility to earn paid time off-time they can later use for any reason, including family commitments like attending school appointments and caring for a sick child", the White House said in a statement. The bill's chances of passing the Senate appear uncertain at best: It will need to garner votes from at least 8 Democrats as well as all 52 Republican senators in order to avoid a filibuster and make it to the desk of President Trump, who's indicated he will sign it.

The bill keeps in place all other requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act and maintains protections for employees.

The White House said on Friday it expects the Senate to retain the "principles" of the healthcare bill approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday even as it makes some changes.

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