Lewis: Working families need this bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after supporting the Working Families Flexibility Act, H.R. 1180, as it passed the House:
“Moms and dads around the 2nd District work hard each day to provide for their families and give their kids the opportunities they deserve. This bill lets private sector employees take advantage of paid comp time instead of overtime take their kids to the doctor, watch their child at Little League, or help out their relatives. I’m proud to help give working parents a more flexible week and more time with their kids.”
Background: The Working Families Flexibility Act amends the Fair Labor Standards Act to give private-sector employees the same opportunities that their public-sector counterparts have regarding compensatory time off in lieu of overtime. The bill takes the ‘time and half’ standard for overtime and applies it to paid ‘comp time’, meaning that an employee could opt to take either 3 hours’ pay or 3 paid hours off work, for 2 hours of overtime worked. The bill includes strong worker protections- making the decision entirely voluntary, allowing workers to withdraw and take cash whenever they choose, and including enforcement if the employer fails to pay cash or allow use of accrued comp time in exchange for overtime worked.
As the Education & Workforce Committee points out, this bill is important because:
- Our workforce has 14 million single parents
- In 61% of families, both parents work
- 85% of workers value workplace flexibility when considering a new job