House Approves Measure Allowing Vacation Time in Lieu of Overtime Pay

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
May 4, 2017

Right now if you work overtime, you get time and a half pay. But the House of Representatives recently approved a measure that, if signed into law, would give employers the choice of offering vacation time instead, according to CNN Money. The bill, the Working Families Flexibility Act, specifically allows employers to give workers 1.5 hours of vacation time for every hour of overtime worked. While the bill was supported by nearly every Republican in the House, Democrats opposed the bill. The problem, they say, is that employers tend to have discretion over when someone can take time off in the first place and so the measure would allow them to basically deny workers any overtime compensation at all by offering only vacation time and then continually deferring it. 

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