H.R. 1180 Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

This bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to authorize employers to provide compensatory time off to private employees at a rate of not less than 1 1/2 hours for each hour of employment for which overtime compensation is required, but only if it is in accordance with an applicable collective bargaining agreement or, in the absence of such an agreement, an agreement between the employer and employee.

Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values.

This would put private sector workers who choose paid time off in lieu of overtime at risk of exploitation by their bosses, who’d be able to deny requests to use the comp time if it’d “unduly disrupt” their operations. (Source: Countable)

H.R. 1180 does not create any meaningful new rights for employees. Employees can already take time off without pay, if they get permission from their employer. The bill does, however, create a new right for employers to withhold employees’ overtime pay. Democrats have offered real solutions to the challenges facing working families that would not force them to make an impossible choice between money and time–when they need both. This Committee should bring up for consideration the legislation being offered by Democrats that would both raise workers’ pay and help them better juggle work and family life. (Source: Dissenting View, Committee on Education and Workforce, Report 114-101)

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