U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bill to Change Overtime Rules

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017” (HR 1180), which would allow private-sector employers to provide their workers the option of receiving an hour-and-a-half of comp time or time-and-a-half pay for overtime hours worked. The bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act, which currently requires non-exempt employees, including management, administrative and professional employees who earn a salary of less than the threshold (an amount subject to change under a 2016 rulemaking that’s being challenged in federal court) to be paid overtime wages after 40 hours of work a week. The comp-time option would be subject to a collective bargaining agreement or the consent of affected employees. A companion bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate but there has been no action to date.  

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