For many families, especially with young children, their most precious commodity is time. But today, federal labor laws restrict the way moms and dads and everyone else can use their time. For decades, Congress has given a special exemption from these laws to government employees. This is unacceptable. The same work-life options available to government employees should be available to private-sector workers, as well.
Talk to any working mom and dad and they’ll tell you they need more time – just one more hour in the day to make life work. We can’t legislate another hour in the day, but we can help working people better balance the demands of family and work by removing an unnecessary federal restriction on utilizing comp time in the private sector.
The “Working Families Flexibility Act” helps workers handle the constant challenge of work-life balance by allowing private-sector employers to offer all individuals who work overtime to choose between monetary compensation or comp-time. Particularly for families, the law would help alleviate the difficulties of juggling work, home, kids, and community.
How It Works
- Gives employers the ability to offer their employees the option of comp time or overtime pay, both accrued at 1½ times the overtime hours worked.
- Requires employers who decide to offer this option to their employees to establish a written agreement with the employee outlining the options and to allow each employee to voluntarily choose the option that best fits his needs.
- Requires that comp time agreements be included in the collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the union and the employer for any employee represented by a union.
- Allows employees who choose to accrue comp time to accrue up to 160 hours each year.
- Allows employees to “cash out” their accrued comp time at the traditional overtime pay rate at any time throughout the year.
- Maintains all existing employee protections, including the current 40-hour workweek and overtime accrual, and provides additional safeguards to ensure that the choice to use comp time is voluntary.
- Requires employers to pay employees at the traditional overtime rate for any unused comp time at the end of each calendar year.
What It Does
- Ends the unfair discrimination against private-sector employees
- Enables parents to better balance work and family obligations
- Frees all workers to choose which commodity – time or money – is the more important resource at a given time
- Lessens the burden of unnecessary federal regulation