The House just passed a bill that affects overtime pay

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The House just passed a bill that affects overtime pay - May. 2, 2017

Do you get paid for overtime work? The House of Representatives just passed a bill you may want to know about.

The measure, backed by Republicans, would let employers give workers paid time off instead of time-and-a-half pay the next time they put in extra hours. The vote tally was largely along party lines, with no Democrats voting in favor of the bill. Six Republicans also voted against it.

G.O.P. leadership has touted the legislation, called the Working Families Flexibility Act, as an attempt to codify flexibility for employees.

"I don't think there's anything more powerful than giving them more control over their time so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families," Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington said Tuesday morning in a press conference held by Republican leaders in the House.

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The Trump administration also came out in support of the measure on Tuesday. The White House said in a news release that the president's advisers would recommend Trump sign the bill into law if it was presented to him in its current form.

But Democrats stand in strong opposition. Their chief concern is that employers have the final say on when comp time can be used, which means bosses can defer compensating employees for overtime work.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts -- a Democrat who has made workers' protections her flagship cause and sits on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions -- called the bill a "disgrace" on Twitter.

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, who is the top Democrat on the Senate HELP committee, said the bill doesn't put workers first.

"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.

Congressional Republicans have pitched similar measures a number of times over the past two decades but have been unable to get the rule on the books. An analogous bill passed the House in 2013 but died in the Senate.

Republicans, who hold 52 seats in the upper chamber, will need eight Democrats to vote in favor of the legislation to avoid a filibuster.

The House bill is sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah has introduced a similar bill in the Senate, but it's still in committee.
CNNMoney (New York) First published May 2, 2017: 8:07 PM ET
May 7, 2013
I'm wit it. The proposal is that the comp time will be at the rate of OT, so if you work 8 hours OT (I know California has better OT rules than AZ, so it may be even greater for those people), they would give you 12 hours comp (of course this could change by the time its all said and done). My employer allows me to cash in PA or VAC time, so they will likely allow me to cash in comp as well. On top of that I receive 8 floating holidays. In fact summer 2018 I will be staying in Hawaii for 5 weeks of my 10 week sabbatical and will be cashing in ~200-250 hours of PA time that will basically pay for it all, while collecting my regular pay and utilizing it for normal expenses and savings. If I had an extra bank of comp time to cash in would be even better. I will gladly take more comp time. Think of it this way: every year you sit on that banked comp or PA time (there's a cap for VAC time at my work where they auto cash you out when you go over like 168), you gain interest on it in the form of whatever raises you have received since then, when you finally cash it out.

All depends where you work and what you do. If you work at McD's......well time to find something better my friend.
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