Vote Notes: H.R. 1180 The Working Families Flexibility Act
As the saying goes, time is money. With that in mind, I’ll keep this post short….
Last week, the House passed H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act. The bill would update the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow private-sector employers to give their employees either paid time off or cash wages for overtime hours worked. The bill passed by a vote of 229 to 197 with my vote.
Right now, private employers cannot offer paid time off as a way of “paying” for overtime hours... worked; only overtime wages are allowed. This is the case even if the employer and the employee would prefer time off as the payment. In contrast, government employees have had this option for over thirty years. This bill would simply give private sector employees the same choice that federal workers now have.
Making sure to have a good work-life balance is a struggle for many who juggle the demands of the office with the day-to-day of family life. Providing more flexibility lets people choose what’s more important to them at the time: time or money.