Today, Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-AL) proposed creating more opportunities for a flexible workplace by introducing the “Working Families Flexibility Act.” The bill is simple and would provide private sector employees the same opportunity as their public sector counterparts – the ability to receive compensation time off rather than pay for the overtime hours they work.
Currently, if you work for a public sector entity, you can choose whether you would like to receive overtime pay or comp time, but surprisingly, if you work for a private company the law prohibits you from having this choice. It seems that in this day and age when households are largely comprised of two parents who work full-time, it is only fair for all employees to have the option to receive a few hours of time to attend to needs outside of the workplace, whether it be to attend a child’s soccer game or parent-teacher conference, or to take an elderly parent to do their errands.
Too often pieces of legislation consist of hundreds, or even thousands of pages of complex text, so it is refreshing to have something straightforward and logical. Just because you work for a private company you shouldn’t be prohibited from receiving the same workplace flexibilities you would have if you worked for a local or state government entity. After all, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander – right?
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