May 08, 2017

Overtime Pay or Comp Time?

Health Care wasn’t the only bill to pass the House last week. Also moving to the Senate: a bill that lets workers choose comp time instead of overtime pay.

by Caitlin Martin

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Healthcare wasn’t the only thing on the GOP’s mind last week. H.R. 1180 — Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 was sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) is a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to give private-sector employees the option of selecting compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay. It passed the bill in the House on May 2 and now moves on the Senate.

How does this affect me?

This bill gives private-sector employees the opportunity to choose paid time off in lieu of overtime pay. Workers would have the choice to convert overtime pay to comp time at any time and could also convert comp time back into overtime. Employees would be able to use the paid time off at their request, so long as the timing doesn’t disrupt their employer’s operations. It is this provision in the bill that concerns its critics, who argue that employers could exploit workers who choose comp time by denying their time off requests as disruptive of their employer’s operations. Democrats opposed this bill because they believe it would enable employers to coerce employees into taking paid time off instead of overtime pay.

What happens next?

This bill now moved to the Senate for the debate.

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