The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would allow employees to swap overtime pay for "comp time,"
Here's what you need to know about the Working Families Flexibility Act — and how it might affect you.
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If you're an eligible private-sector hourly worker, the bill would give you a choice: Do you want time-and-a-half pay when you clock extra hours? Or do you want to trade that for an hour-and-a-half of comp time you can bank and request to use at a later date?
Your answer might depend on what you need most urgently: Cash in your pocket or more time to take care of personal matters.
The House on Tuesday passed the bill, also known as H.R. 1180,
"Ask any working parent, and they'll tell you how precious their time is," Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., who sponsored the bill, said on the House floor on Tuesday. "They'll tell you that they just need one more hour in the day to be able to take care of their family and all of those responsibilities that come with it."
Yup. President Donald Trump's advisers would recommend that he sign the bill into law, the White House said in a news release.
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They really don't like this bill. Many progressives in the House argue that the proposal would chip away at protections for hardworking Americans and undermine the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The measure, among other rules, would give employers the final say on when comp time can be used. In other words, House Dems fear, your boss could conceivably kick the can down the road on money you earned putting in extra hours.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a fierce advocate for workers' rights, blasted the bill as a "disgrace."
The Democrats were joined by six Republicans in opposing the measure, which now heads to the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has not said whether the chamber intends to take up the proposal.