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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