The House of Representatives Republicans just passed a bill you need to know about if you ever work overtime.
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. No Democrats voted in favor of the bill, and six Republicans also voted against it, reported WQAD.
G.O.P. leadership thinks their bill, called the Working Families Flexibility Act, is just awesome and they claim it is an attempt to provide flexibility for employees.
They are ignoring the fact that employers restrict when their employees are allowed to take paid time off, as well as cap the paid time off so it is just lost when they do not allow employees to use it, the GOP will ultimately be saving money for companies and causing unpaid overtime for workers, while disguising it as a good thing 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 .
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.
Democrats stand in strong opposition tot he bill that is sure to hurt people. 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.
WQUD said 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 puts companies ahead of their employees and will lead to people not being paid what they earned.
“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.
Anyone who has worked for an employer that restrict vacation time and paid time off knows how this bill will end if it becomes law. It will be employers giving PTO instead of OT pay, then refusing to let people use the PTO, then employees will lose the PTO, which is ultimately people NOT being paid for their work.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)