Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow employees at private companies to choose to receive compensatory time instead of overtime wages for hours worked in excess of 40 per week. The option would be available to those who have worked more than 1,000 for their employer.
Proponents of the bill argue that it allows for more flexibility for employees and especially working parents, while opponents claim this bill would allow employers with less than benevolent intentions to take advantage of their workers.
The same legislation has been introduced in the Senate, but no vote has yet occurred.
U&K will continue to watch this issue to see how it develops. If the bill does become law, depending upon the final version, it may come into conflict with New York State Labor Law provisions that render comp time impracticable for New York private employers.