House Passes Comp Time Bill; White House Voices Support

Working families need higher wages and guaranteed time to care, not smoke and mirrors

House passes comp time measure over opposition from Democrats and Rep. Dave Joyce

The bill's opponents say upending the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime pay rule - requiring time-and-a-half pay for eligible workers' hours over a 40-hour workweek - will make longer work hours cheaper for employers, reduce take-home pay and limit the workers' "flexibility" it purports to grant.

In the private sector, the ability of employers to offer "comp time" for nonexempt employees-future time off as a reward for working extra hours, in lieu of overtime pay-is quite limited. "Unfortunately, today's labor laws make it harder to offer this flexibility".

Q: Would employers be required to offer their employees compensatory time instead of overtime pay?

Roby said the bill does protect employees because it comes with a cash out option for employees, who have unused comp time.

Importantly, in any circumstance where "comp time" is cashed out, it must be paid at the higher of the "regular rate earned by such employee when the compensatory time was accrued" or "the regular rate earned by such employee at the time such employee received payment of such compensation". They argue that employers will find subtle ways to encourage employees to choose comp time, even though the bill prohibits coercion. Employers also would have to cash out comp time banks every year.

Most of his employees accumulate substantial overtime during the busy spring and summer season, then work very short hours in late fall and winter.

"We expect there to be some changes, but we expect the principles and the main pillars of the healthcare bill as it exists now to remain the same", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.


Hourly workers who've had to juggle shift schedules with picking up their kids from school or daycare or attending college classes while holding down a full-time job may have cause to cheer a bill that was passed earlier this week by the U.S. House of Representatives.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Would the passage of a legislation similar to HR 1180 in both Houses of Congress be good for retail industry employers and workers?

For more details on the bill's provisions, see Congress Mulls Comp Time for Private Employers.

"This is nothing but a recycled bad bill that would allow big corporations to make an end-run around giving workers the pay they've earned", Murray said in a statement.

The measure now goes to the Senate, where it is being sponsored by Utah Republican Mike Lee. The administration also said it believes the bill contains satisfactory protections to ensure that employers won't coerce workers into accepting comp time instead of pay.

A White House press release said President Trump would sign the legislation if it made it to his desk in its current form.

Latest News