The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) established the foundation for workplace standards such as minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. The FLSA directs that employees who are covered by the act must be compensated one and one half times the employees regular rate of hourly pay for any time worked beyond the standard 40 hour workweek. For private sector employees, this pay can only be received in the form of cash wages. However, state and public employees are allowed to receive compensatory time off for overtime hours worked.
H.R. 1180 amends the FLSA to provide private-sector employees the additional option of receiving compensatory time off instead of cash for overtime hours worked. Employees would be able to enter into a voluntary agreement with the employer on an individual basis to decide how they want to be compensated for overtime work. Employers are explicitly barred from forcing or coercing an employee to receive overtime compensation in the form of time off.
I voted to support H.R. 1180 because it allows employees to have more flexibility in the workplace when choosing how to be compensated for overtime work. The bill passed 229-197.
H.R. 244 funds the government through the remainder of fiscal year 2017. This bill includes many important items including a pay raise for our troops, enhanced border security, funds to address the opioid/heroin crisis, and increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH.) My full statement on H.R. 244 can be found by clicking here.
I voted in favor of H.R. 244, with passed by a vote of 309-118.