The Working Families Flexibility Act will mean less flexibility and less pay for working people

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CHICAGO (May 3, 2017) — “As early as today, Congressional Republicans will introduce the Working Families Flexibility Act, a bill that would give working people the opportunity to opt out of overtime pay in exchange for comp time off. This is a false and unnecessary choice: Working people need both.

“Like many pleasant-sounding Republican initiatives, this law is nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing, designed to enrich corporations and their executives at the expense of working people.

“Should this law be enacted, working people who opt for comp time will have no guarantee that their requests to actually use that comp time will be honored. In fact, employers can simply decide on their own to pay out comp time as cash once a worker has banked more than 80 hours. But if a worker requests their comp time to be paid out, the employer can delay that payment up to 30 days.

“The bill allows for working people to sue employers who violate the law, but does not open up to working people administrative solutions from the Department of Labor, a much more cost-effective recourse than hiring a lawyer and filing a private lawsuit.

“Despite the Orwellian language used by this law’s Republican supporters, this bill has nothing to do with helping to make jobs more flexible and everything to do with making it just a little easier for corporations and their executives to steal the hard-earned wages of working people. Interfaith Worker Justice urges Congress to reject the Working Families Flexibility Act.”