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Dr. Ruiz Votes to Defend Working Families

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Location: Washington, DC

Today Dr. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) voted against H.R. 1406, legislation that attempts to strip workers of the right to hard-earned overtime pay.

"Today's bill is another perfect example of the political gamesmanship in Washington that people in my District and across the country are fed up with," said Dr. Ruiz. "There has been a lot of rhetoric about this legislation coming from both political parties, but the facts are clear: this bill would hurt working families. It means more work for less pay, and less flexibility for the millions of American workers who are already struggling to make ends meet."

Under this legislation, workers will not be guaranteed overtime pay for more than 40 hours of work per week during that pay period, eroding rights they have had for nearly 75 years under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Pay for overtime will now go to an employer-controlled pot to be paid later, and employers would have more power to substitute overtime pay with comp time.

This bill also reduces the flexibility workers have to spend time outside the normal workweek with their families. Under H.R. 1406, employers can refuse to allow an employee to take time off to deal with a family emergency or attend a parent-teacher conference.

Similar legislation has been proposed in the past, failing to get through Congress in 1996, 1997, and 2003.

H.R. 1406 is opposed by women's advocacy groups, including: NOW, the National Partnership for Women and families, the National Women's Law Center, the National Council of Jewish Women, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Business and Professional Women's Foundation, Feminist Majority, and MomsRising.

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