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Grothman Votes to Give Workers Choice in Overtime Compensation

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Washington, April 26, 2017 | Bernadette Green (202-225-2476) | comments

Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) today voted to advance the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180) out of the Education and the Workforce Committee.

The Working Families Flexibility Act is a straightforward bill that allows private-sector employers to give hourly workers the option of either monetary compensation or additional paid time off for any overtime hours worked. Grothman is a co-sponsor of the bill.

For example, those hourly employees who work 48 hours in a week currently must take money as compensation for the eight hours of overtime they worked. This bill gives them the option to either take the money, or take eight hours of paid time off instead.

“Employees should be able to choose how they would like to be compensated for the time they work. This bill simply creates that flexibility for employees, so they can spend more time with their families or take additional time off,” said Grothman. “This bill will ensure that employees -- not Washington – can determine what’s in their own best interest and in the best interests of their families.”

“Some opponents argued that employees should be forced to keep wages rather than opt for time off. For many people spending extra time with family may be more important. Not allowing workers to have the choice to take time off is just another sign in the decline of the importance of family.”

For additional information about the Working Families Flexibility Act, click here.

The bill passed by a vote of 22 to 16.

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U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman is serving his second term representing Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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