Tipton Supports Effort to Give Working Families More Flexibility with Leave
The U.S. House of Representatives recently advanced a measure that would give employers and employees more flexibility in designing policies for overtime work and paid leave. The bill, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. 1180), would give workers the option of accepting paid time off instead of a cash payment for overtime hours worked during a 40-hour work week.
Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) supported the bill’s passage and indicated that the measure would help meet the needs of today’s workforce.
“The U.S. workforce has changed a lot since the Fair Labor Standards Act was implemented in the 1930’s, and our laws need to reflect the changing needs of today’s families and workers,” said Tipton. “Employees should have the flexibility to use overtime benefits as they see fit. This bill moves us in a positive direction.”
Under H.R. 1180, no employee could be forced to accept paid time off in lieu of overtime pay. Any arrangement must be completely voluntary, instituted on an employee-by-employee basis, and would require the employer and employee to complete a written agreement.