How will passage of the overtime pay bill affect retailers and workers?

How will passage of the overtime pay bill affect retailers and workers?

An analogous bill passed the House in 2013 but died in the Senate.

Many states have their own overtime rules.

So the need for Congress to act - to advance policies that will make our workplaces more fair and family friendly for all workers, no matter where they live and what jobs they hold - is urgent.

The bill's supporters said it will give flexibility to hourly employees, but opponents said the bill doesn't do enough to protect employees from abuses by employers, the Post noted.

If it became law, the Working Families Flexibility Act would give workers "a false and unsafe choice between overtime pay now and time off later when they work more than 40 hours in a week", writes NPWF Vice President Vicki Shabo in The Hill.

Would you take the money or more time with your loved ones? For example, if an overtime-eligible employee who regularly works 8 hours a day Monday to Friday performs 12 hours of work on Monday and 8 hours of work Tuesday through Friday, the employee would normally be entitled to 4 hours of overtime pay for the week.

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The National Partnership for Women & Families has also strongly criticized the bill, saying that it would put too many restrictions on employees' ability to decide when they'd want to use their paid time off. And they note that employers have the final say on when comp time can be used, which means bosses can defer compensating employees for overtime work until the end of the year. Employers would have to allow workers to use their time off within a "reasonable period" after making a request but could deny the request if it would "unduly disrupt" operations. She could request that the unused time be cashed out - but, even then, the employer would have up to 30 days to comply.

Employee: I'm working 48 hours this week.

The Act has been presented as a potential benefit to employers and employees alike - employers might be able to improve cash flow by postponing payments, and employees would have greater flexibility in scheduling their work around their personal lives.

This bill is an empty promise that no member of Congress who cares about working people should support. Badly misnamed. Smoke and mirrors. This creates the possibility that an employer is liable for more overtime pay than it would have owed had it not offered a "comp time" option in the first place-which many employers might view as problematic.

On Tuesday, U.S. Representative Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act, legislation that would provide more flexibility to employees in how they receive overtime compensation. A vote for it is a vote against America's workers.

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