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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 11:56 AM

GOP seeks to "relax" overtime pay rules.......





WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are planning to introduce legislation that could loosen the nation's 75-year-old law governing overtime in the workplace, allowing employers and workers to choose taking compensatory time off rather than the traditional time-and-a-half pay.

Cast by Republicans as a reform toward workplace flexibility, the proposal would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act, a bedrock labor law of the New Deal era, to ostensibly give workers more options in how to use their accrued overtime. Democrats and labor leaders, however, will likely oppose the measure on the grounds that it could weaken protections of the traditional 40-hour work week.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) first hinted at the measure in early February, when he delivered a speech at the American Enterprise Institute that was seen as part of the GOP's wider rebranding efforts toward a more caring party. Cantor noted that many public employees are already allowed to convert earned overtime into comp time, and he argued that extending that option to the private sector would be a boon to working people.

"If you’re a working parent, you know there’s hardly ever enough time at home to be with the kids,” Cantor said. “Federal laws dating back to the 1930s make it harder for parents who hold hourly jobs to balance the demands of work and home. An hourly employee cannot convert previous overtime into future comp-time or flex-time." ....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/03/overtime-laws-gop-proposal_n_3006658.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037



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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 12:02 PM

1. Touching. They are thinking about the parents who don't have enough quality time with their kids!

 

Yeah, right! What aload of sleazy assholes.

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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 12:04 PM

2. unless comp time is ALSO CALCULATED as "time and a half",

 

this is a ripoff.


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