Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby’s Bill to Offer Parents Greater Workplace Flexibility Passes House

May 2, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby’s (R-Ala.) bill to offer working Americans more choice and flexibility with time in the workplace passed the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.
H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act, would give private sector employees the option to convert their accrued overtime into paid time off. This compensatory time, or “comp time,” would be completely voluntary for the employer and employee with strong worker protections to prohibit coercion. Comp time is already widely used by government employees.
Rep. Roby applauded this action by the House and said the bill would give today’s working parents greater time flexibility to balance the demands of work and family.
“The workforce has changed tremendously over the years, but the laws and policies that govern the workplace have not. Today’s working parents need more time flexibility to balance the demands of work and family,” Roby said. “I’ve always said Congress cannot legislate another hour into the day, but we can update our laws to allow more choice and fairness in how working Americans use their time. I appreciate my colleagues in the House for approving the Working Families Flexibility Act and getting us one step closer to enacting this commonsense legislation.”
The bill passed the House by a vote of 229-197. It now awaits further action by the Senate, where Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is the sponsor.
Note: The Executive Office of the President today released a statement of support for Roby’s bill. The Statement of Administration Policy read in part, “If H.R. 1180 were presented to President Trump in its current form, his advisors would recommend that he sign the bill into law.”