Rep Justin Amash
"I voted yes on HR 1406, Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013. Current law requires most private employers to pay their employees overtime for any work over 40 hours per week, but it prohibits private employers from providing this overtime pay in the form of paid time off (called compensatory time or comp time).
This bill isn’t perfect, but it allows private employers to enter into voluntary agreements with their employees to provide comp time (earned at the same 1.5x rate) instead of overtime pay. Either party can terminate the agreement with 30 days notice, at which point the employer would cash out the earned but unused comp time.
People have different compensatory preferences, and employers and employees should be free to enter into contracts that provide for how an employee’s time will be compensated. Although this bill contains many restrictions on the use and provision of comp time, lifting its prohibition is a step in the right direction. The government has long been able to offer its employees comp time in lieu of overtime pay; private employers and employees should have this same option."
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