House Passes Bill Allowing Private-Sector Employees to Take Compensatory Time
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill known as the Working Families Flexibility Act. The Act would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to allow non-exempt (hourly) employees to agree to receive compensatory time off in lieu of overtime wages. For many years, employees of governmental entities have been able to take comp time in lieu of overtime pay. The Act would extend that option to private-sector employees. Here are the key provisions of the Act:
The Act was passed by the House along party lines with all Democrats and only six Republicans voting against the bill. The New Mexico Congressional delegation also split along party lines with Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Lujan voting against the bill and Steve Pearce voting for the bill. The Democrats have criticized the measure because it gives employers the final say for when employees may use accrued comp time. The White House has issued a statement that, if the bill were presented to President Trump in its current form, he would sign the bill into law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not yet said whether the Senate will take up the proposal.
Sheehan & Sheehan, P.A. will keep you informed of future developments involving the Working Families Flexibility Act.