Critics say law would steal overtime pay from workers

Criticisms piled up once again from opponents blasting the latest version of a Working Families Flexibility Act. A piece of legislation that has reappeared regularly in Congress and the state houses got new life earlier this month through 229 Republican aye votes in the U.S. House. No Democrats supported it.

The concept promises hourly employees the option to choose compensatory time off instead of overtime pay. But opponents say it would stomp on overtime pay rights granted under the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act — and won’t benefit workers in reality.

The current bill, if it should become law, would affect only workers who are eligible for overtime pay, an increasingly smaller segment of the U.S. workforce. Basically, it would give such employees the right to ask for compensatory time off instead of time-and-a-half overtime pay.

There are, of course, advocates. Kansas Republican Lynn Jenkins spoke in favor of House Resolution 1180 before passage on the House floor:

“For hourly workers, having the voluntary option to take either money or more time with your family opens up a world of possibilities for folks to spend more time with their kids, run errands or make appointments,” Jenkins said.

Opponents say that “world of possibilities” is way too large.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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