NEW BILL WOULD ALLOW PRIVATE-SECTOR WORKERS TO SWAP OVERTIME PAY FOR PTO

On May 8, 2013, the Republican-led House approved a bill, the The Working Families Flexibility Act, that would allow private-sector employees to select additional paid time off (PTO) rather than overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours a week.  The additional time (up to 160 hours) could be used by the employee later in the year.  Public-sector employees currently have a similar option.  At present, the law only allows private-sector employees to swap PTO for overtime within a single pay period.

Advocates of the bill say it will grant private-sector employees greater availability to focus on their families.  Opponents express concern that employees will feel pressured by their employers to take PTO instead of overtime pay with no guarantee that they will actually be able to use the additional PTO.

The bill is unlikely to pass in the Democratic-led Senate.



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