Bill to Alter Private Sector FLSA Overtime Rules Passes House

bill (H.R.1180 – Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017) that would allow nonexempt, private sector employees to choose either time-and-a-half overtime pay or an hour and a half of compensatory time off in exchange for working extra hours, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill attempts to take something that has been available to government workers since 1985 and extend it to private-sector employees. HRDive gives a brief overview and suggests that we keep an eye on this bill. The Washington Post reports that the bill — which supporters say would add flexibility to hourly workers’ schedules while opponents worry that it wouldn’t do enough to protect employees — is not a new idea. Similar versions of this bill have been introduced periodically over the last five years, but none have passed in the Senate. You can keep track of the bill by watching the tracker or signing-up for alerts on the bill’s web site.