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Overtime Bill Passes House

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By    |   Thursday, 04 May 2017 10:08 AM

An overtime bill that will allow private-sector employees to take compensatory time for extra hours worked instead of overtime pay passed the House of Representatives on Monday.

The bill, which passed closely along party lines, would allow eligible employees to voluntarily pick comp time that they can bank and use at a future date in lieu of immediate overtime pay in their paychecks, The Washington Post reported.

If they change their minds and want the pay after all, employees would have the option of 'cashing out,' with the employer required to pay the overtime within 30 days.

The bill's supporters said it will give flexibility to hourly employees, but opponents said the bill doesn't do enough to protect employees from abuses by employers, the Post noted.

The current Fair Labor Standards Act mandates employers pay hourly workers time-and-a-half, or 1.5 times their usual hourly rate if they work more than 40 hours within a week.

"Simply put, HR 1180 is a scam," wrote Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the liberal Economic Policy Institute in a blog about the bill. "It pretends to offer a benefit to employees, but in reality it's a benefit to employers who get to schedule overtime work but delay paying for it for up to 13 months.

"…The Senate should reject this fraud and take up truly worker-friendly legislation like paid sick day legislation, paid family leave, or even a mandate for paid vacation," Eisenbrey continued.

USA Today reported, though, that businesses like retailers, hospitals, factory operators, general contractors, franchise owners, and small businesses, have lobbied for comp time for years, insisting that it allows workers to pick time off to attend to personal matters.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren fired a shot at the bill in a tweet as it moved to the Senate, charging that it harmed workers.

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