Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) offered the following statement today in support of the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 after the legislation's markup in the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce:
"Americans work extra hours every day trying to provide a better future for their families and help their companies succeed. In return, many of them would like to use those hours to better meet family and personal obligations down the road. The law should not prevent employers who want to honor that request from doing so.
Giving employees the opportunity to choose comp time is a common-sense policy and an example of renewed efforts within the U.S. House to make life work for all Americans. Outdated regulations should not cause parents to miss school plays and little league games or prevent adult children from caring for their elderly parents when the need arises. As a mom who's been both an employer and an employee, I know helping workers balance their career aspirations and personal responsibilities is a winning policy. This effort is all about giving hard-working Americans the flexibility they have deserved for some time."
The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 mandates covered employees receive the overtime rate of "time-and-a-half" when working beyond the standard 40 hour work week. The law prevents private-sector workers from choosing paid time off or "comp time" instead of cash payments. The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 removes this outdated road block from federal law and allows private-sector employers to offer the same benefits and flexibility that their public sector counterparts enjoy.
Following today's markup, the legislation moves to the House floor for a final vote.
Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks serves on the Education and the Workforce, Homeland Security and Ethics Committees. She is a former Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Prior to serving in Congress, she was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech Community College where she led statewide workforce development and job training efforts.