Tuesday, April 16, 2013

"Comp Time" Bill

From our friends at the National Partnership for Women and Families

Last week, National Partnership Senior Advisor Judith Lichtman testified on Capitol Hill as the only voice of opposition to the so-called "comp time" bill.

Despite its name, the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406) is an empty promise — a smoke-and-mirrors bill — that offers neither the flexibility nor the support that working families need.

That's why we must urge Congress to look beyond the misleading name and assess this partisan legislation for what it really is: a bad idea.

The “comp time” bill claims to give hourly workers more time with their families by allowing them, through an agreement with their employers, to choose paid time off as compensation for working more than 40 hours in a week.

In reality, it would give workers less time, less money and less flexibility. It would erode overtime protections guaranteed by the Fair Labor Standards Act. It would mean a pay cut for workers without any guaranteed flexibility or time off to care for their families or themselves. And it provides few protections for workers in cases of employer misconduct or bankruptcy.

That’s why the National Partnership is leading the charge to oppose the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406)... because it would move our nation in the WRONG direction and cause considerably more harm than good.

And that’s why we need your help.

Please urge your representatives to reject H.R. 1406 and support real family friendly solutions, such as the Healthy Families Act and expanded access to the Family and Medical Leave Act, as well as paid leave, the Paycheck Fairness Act and more.

Thanks for all that you do.

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