5 things you need to know about the 'Comp Time' bill


Reposted from the AFL-CIO NOW blog.

If you are one of the millions of workers who count on overtime to stretch your paycheck, including the 59% of US workers paid by the hour, it's time to tell House Republicans, "Don't cut my overtime with your so-called Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406)." 

The bill would allow employers to stop giving workers any extra pay for overtime work and instead substitute "comp time."

What would that mean for most workers?

1. "Comp Time" means a pay cut-Workers compensated with time off rather than cash would see a reduction in their take-home pay.

2. "Comp Time" means mandatory overtime-"Comp time" legislation would make mandatory overtime less expensive for employers. Under "comp time" legislation, employers may be able to receive the benefits of overtime work at no additional cost to themselves. 

3. "Comp Time" means more unpredictable work schedules for employees-Making mandatory overtime cheaper for employers would keep workers on the job longer and result in more unpredictable worker schedules and, for workers with children, higher day care costs. 

4. "Comp Time" undermines the 40-hour workweek-The only incentive for employers to maintain a 40-hour workweek is the requirement under the Fair Labor Standards Act that they pay a time-and-a-half cash premium for overtime. "Comp time" legislation, by contrast, would encourage employers to demand longer hours by making overtime less expensive.

5. "Comp Time" is not voluntary-Workers can be coerced into accepting "comp  time" and the employer has the ultimate authority to determine when a worker can use accrued  "comp time."

Call Congress today and tell your representative to oppose H.R. 1406: 1-888-866-2561.

Also see Mark Gruenberg's article in the People's World April 19: GOP pushes to replace overtime with comp time.



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  • This article is 100% complete crap. Read the bill for yourself. It's optional and both must agree.

    Posted by Tony Paladino, 05/10/2013 11:44pm (3 years ago)

  • Conservative (R)'s are AT IT AGAIN? What is WRONG with these idiots? Boy, must be nice to be a professional liar making hundreds of thousands of dollars sitting on your fat butts thinking up crap to "help" business and SCREW the working man. Trickle-Down STILL DOESN'T WORK. It got us on the road to where we are NOW. If this isn't a PRIME EXAMPLE of CLASS WARFARE, I don't know what is. Comp time is already in practice, but usually at the REQUEST OF THE EMPLOYEE, NOT the discretion of the EMPLOYER. A-you know what-HOLES.

    Posted by Scott Boan, 05/10/2013 10:06pm (3 years ago)

  • another thing is , why hire more people when you can just force your current workers to work 50 to 60 hrs a week (at straight time!) and save the benefits of hiring more people.......this bill is also bad for job creation.....it a really bad bill.

    Posted by michael horn, 05/10/2013 7:38pm (3 years ago)

  • Overlooked: This would be a HUGE blow to employment and wages. If you can keep one desperate schmuck working for 80 with no overtime pay, you cut out one full time job. Cutting full time jobs further saturates the labor pool, across skill sets and education levels. With more competition for fewer jobs, wages drop.

    Posted by Fulton Fortner, 05/07/2013 6:04pm (3 years ago)

  • WOW! Now let me see, this would be the same group that hand wrote a emergency bill,forced it through, and got it passed, to over-ride their own "sequestor" measure, so after they put in their grueling 20 something hour, wrk week, they wouldnt have to be in line waiting for the airplanes to go home for a week and a half, befor coming back, to put in another just terrible 6 hour day fighting against the back ground check bill? This isthe same congress that wants to do this right?? If you guys force this one on us, two things will probable come from it; first, your coperate handlers, the Koch's, Walmart family, GE, Schlumbage, and all those others that have bought you, will more than likely make sure theres a little extra in you pay envelope. Then the second, you will probable wish, you would have done a lot more to restrict, and maybe even stop, firearm possesion.

    Posted by Kerry Wright, 05/07/2013 2:04pm (3 years ago)

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