Working Families Flexibility Act: A Win for Workers?


To prove that the Congress can get things done, the House of Representatives passes the Working Families Flexibility Act.

Working Families Flexibility Act
U.S. Rep Martha Roby (R-Ala.)

Almost as a challenge to the widespread belief that Congress cannot do anything, news came last week that something in Washington was actually agreed upon — the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013.

The bill, as written, will allow private sector employers to offer comp time as a substitute for time and a half overtime pay. It passed  the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 223 to 204.

As Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) says in a statement: “As a working mom, this bill is personal to me. I understand the time demands on working families, including children’s activities, caring for aging parents or even a spouse’s military deployment.

Roby adds that “it only makes sense that our laws governing the workplace catch up to the realities of today’s families.”

The bottom line of the bill is that it makes it legal for private employers to provide workers an alternative:

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