Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has voted to give working families the option of choosing paid time off instead of overtime wages. She and her House colleagues have approved the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013.
"Public-sector employees have had the flex time option for almost 30 years," said Hartzler. "It is time private-sector workers had the same opportunity to spend more time with their families or more time engaged in other interests away from the workplace."
"The Working Families Flexibility Act would modernize outdated regulations to allow private-sector workers in Missouri's Fourth District and elsewhere to voluntarily choose paid time off as compensation for the overtime hours they work," continued Hartzler. "It will remove the obstacles standing in the way of working families better balancing work and family obligations."
The Working Families Flexibility Act would remove an outdated federal mandate that prohibits private-sector workers from benefitting from the personal option of flex time. Having passed the House, the bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.
Congresswoman Hartzler, a resident of Cass County, serves on the House Budget, Armed Services, and Agriculture Committees.