Rep. Martha Roby introduces bill to offer workers more options for overtime compensation
Congresswoman Martha Roby introduced a bill Tuesday to provide private-sector workers more flexibility in determining how they receive compensation for overtime.
“I often meet working moms and dads who say they need more time to spend with family or to take care of responsibilities outside of work,” Roby said in a statement released by her office. “But right now the law prohibits private businesses from offering comp time options for their employees, even though it is legal in the public sector. Washington shouldn't stand in the way of an employer and an employee coming to a ‘comp time’ agreement that each is happy with.”
House Resolution 1406, also known as the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013,” would allow private-sector employees -- under a voluntary agreement with their employers -- to choose to convert overtime hours to an equivalent amount of paid time off.
The House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections is scheduled to discuss the bill on Thursday.
Roby, R-Montgomery, said the bill would offer private-sector workers an option already enjoyed some public-sector counterparts.
“The workforce has changed dramatically over the years, yet some federal laws remain stuck in the past,” said Rep. John Kline, R-Minnesota, chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee, in a released statement. “Too many Americans struggle to care for their families while also meeting the demands of work. No one should miss an important event in a child’s life or be denied time with an aging relative because of some outdated federal law.”
The legislation retains existing employee protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act such as the 40-hour work week and how overtime compensation is accrued, according to a release from Roby’s office.
Employees would be allowed to accrue as much as 160 hours of paid time off each year, according to a Roby’s office. An employer would be required to pay cash wages for any unused time at the end of the year, and workers can “cash out” their accrued comp time whenever they want.
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