Congresswoman Renee Ellmers released the following statement this afternoon following a roundtable discussion with private sector employees and working parents at The CENTECH Group in Falls Church, Virginia:
"I was so happy to meet with working parents from around the country today to talk about the ways we are working to make their lives better and provide greater flexibility in their work lives. This meeting reinforced the fact that private-sector businesses continue to live under an outdated federal mandate that says the only way to compensate for overtime is through cash wages. It doesn't have to be this way. Many Americans would gladly entertain new options for how their work is compensated if it meant more time with family."
"That's why this week we will be voting on a new bill to help many Americans better balance family and work. H.R. 1406 -- the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 -- will give private-sector employees (under a voluntary agreement with their employers) the opportunity to choose paid time off as compensation for overtime hours worked."
"We all have extremely busy lives. The choices we face often pull at our heartstrings and cause us to wonder whether that extra meeting at the end of the day was more important than a ballet recital or doctor's appointment. By passing this legislation, this will be one less barrier."