Law & Order

U.S. House Passes "Comp Time" Bill

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to allow private-sector employees who work more than 40 hours per week the choice of taking “comp” time rather than pay. The SEMA-supported legislation is intended to provide flexibility in the workplace. However, no action is anticipated in the Democrat-controlled Senate, based on concerns that workers could be coerced into taking time off rather than pay. 

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, hourly employees must be paid time-and-a-half after 40 hours of work. Many public-sector employees already have the right to earn comp time instead of pay. 

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