Comp-Time Legislation Moves through House Committee
On April 17, the House Education and Workforce Committee
approved H.R. 1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act, which would allow
private-sector employers the option to offer workers the choice of
paid-time-off or “comp-time”, in lieu of compensation, for overtime hours
worked in a workweek.
The legislation is in response to the many employees who are
facing significant challenges as they struggle to negotiate between work,
family and personal obligations. Employers in the construction industry need
the flexibility to offer employment options that meet the needs of future
employees. As a result, employers are faced with the recruiting and retention
challenge of offering flexible workplace options that will appeal to this
growing group of workers. However, current wage and hour laws prohibit private
sector employers from offering non-exempt employees the option of comp-time in
lieu of overtime compensation, even though this option has existed in the
public sector for more than 25 years and has proven to be very popular among
employers and employees alike.
The bill includes numerous employee protections for workers
who choose to participate in the program. For example, employees who first
choose to receive comp-time and then later reconsider, deciding to receive
their overtime compensation in cash, will be able to have their hours converted
to a payment. Additionally, any banked comp-time hours not used by the end of
the year will be paid to the employee, automatically.
The legislation is expected to pass the U.S House in the
next couple of weeks; however, it will face considerable opposition in the
Senate. To view a letter AGC sent in support of the legislation, click here.For more information, contact James Young at
(202) 547-0133 or email@example.com.
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