If you get paid for overtime work, you really need to read this. One of President Obama’s most far-reaching achievements during his time in office is the expansion of overtime pay for millions of American workers. But House Republican just passed a bill eliminating overtime pay.
The measure, backed by Republicans, would let employers give workers paid time off instead of time-and-a-half pay the next time they put in extra hours. The vote tally was largely along party lines, with no Democrats voting in favor of the bill. Six Republicans also voted against it, according to CNN Money.
In an attempt to make the draconian legislation more appealing to constituents, the GOP leadership has labeled the Working Families Flexibility Act.
The Trump administration also came out in support of the measure. The White House said in a news release that the president’s advisers would recommend Trump sign the bill into law if it was presented to him in its current form.
But Democrats stand in strong opposition. Their chief concern is that employers have the final say on when comp time can be used, which means bosses can defer compensating employees for overtime work.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who has made workers’ protections her flagship cause and sits on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, called the bill a “disgrace” on Twitter.
“This is nothing but a recycled bad bill that would allow big corporations to make an end-run around giving workers the pay they’ve earned,” Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, who is the top Democrat on the Senate HELP committee, said in a statement.