Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to make it easier for hardworking Americans to care for their children and aging parents by supporting the Working Families Flexibility Act (HR 1406). This legislation will allow workers to choose between overtime pay or comp time when working extra hours.
"Imagine the flexibility this will give working mothers and others who are struggling to juggle career and family needs," commented Congressman Pittenger. "Workers will now have the option of saving up additional paid time off to make it easier to attend school events, stay home with a sick child, or care for their aging parent."
Government employees have had the option of choosing between overtime pay and comp time for almost 30 years, but laws were never changed to extend this same benefit to private sector employees. All existing protections in the Fair Labor Standards Act are maintained, and comp time, if chosen, will accrue at the same time-and-a-half rate as overtime.
The choice between overtime and comp time remains with the employee, and your boss can't force you to choose comp time to save the company money.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) have expressed support for the Working Families Flexibility Act, which passed the House of Representatives late Wednesday afternoon.