U.S. House Passes “Comp Time” Bill Undermining Overtime Pay

The “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013” also known as “comp time” legislation, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 223 to 204 mostly along party lines on May 8, 2013. We thank all members of the New Jersey House delegation who voted against this anti-worker bill and are proud that of the eight Republicans throughout the nation who opposed this bill, three were from New Jersey.

While this bill is unlikely to gain traction in the Senate and the President has promised to veto the legislation, it is alarming that such a bill could be passed by the House. This deceptively named legislation takes a significant step backwards for employees because it dilutes their ability to earn overtime pay while also undermining the 40-hour work week.

This legislation provides employers with a financial incentive to establish a “comp time” system that shortchanges workers both financially and logistically in regard to work-week hours and scheduling.  Under this bill, the benefit of flexibility would be granted only to employers – at the cost of employees.

Please find a vote breakdown for New Jersey’s House delegation below:
New Jersey House Delegation vote on H.R. 1406
RIGHT     Rob Andrews (D-01)
RIGHT     Frank LoBiondo (R-02)
RIGHT     Jon Runyan (R-03)
RIGHT     Chris Smith (R-04)
WRONG   Scott Garrett (R-05)
RIGHT     Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-06)
WRONG   Leonard Lance (R-07)
RIGHT     Albio Sires (D-08)
RIGHT     Bill Pascrell (D-09)
RIGHT     Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10)
WRONG   Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11)
RIGHT     Rush Holt (D-12)

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