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House passes the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

On May 2, 2017, the House passed the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. 1180).  The bill proposes to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to permit private sector employees to elect to receive compensatory time off, at a rate not less than one and one-half hours for each overtime hour worked, in lieu of the traditional monetary benefit of time-and-a-half for overtime hours.  Rep. Martha Roby (Ala.), the bill’s sponsor, said the bill will help working parents.  In contrast, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) tweeted that “Congress should strengthen protections for workers – not gut them.”  The bill will now head to the Senate.

The full text of H.R. 1180 can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1180/text

 

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