Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Overtime pay to be affected by new bill passed by The House

The House just passed a bill that affects overtime pay. The bill backed mostly by Republicans would let employers opt to give employees paid time off instead of time-and-a-half pay the next time they put in extra hours. 

"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 Tuesday morning in a press conference held by Republican leaders in the House.

Democrats expressed 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.

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Is this giving employees more control over their lives? Or is this giving employers the final say in terms of compensation? Should we worry about the level of labor productivity? Thoughts?


  1. I find this bill interesting and I have some of the same concerns that democrats have expressed. A difficult with paid time off is that there are often restrictions on how and when it can be used. For instance, I have a family member who is a nurse, and she is restricted so heavily on her vacation time that she is never able to use all of her hours before she hits the cap and stops accumulating them. Although the concept of this program seems beneficial to workers, it would give employers way too much control.

  2. I agree with Zoe. Although it sounds beneficial, it leaves too much to the disposition and values of the employers.

  3. Overtime pay is very common practice in China and is legalized according to the Labor Law too. But the case here in the States, I agree with both Zoe and Chido, it might leave too much control of the employers.