For countless Americans, more workplace flexibility could mean better work-life balance. Yet an antiquated federal law prevents private-sector employers from offering workers paid time off, or 'comp time,' in exchange for overtime hours worked. This outdated policy is an impediment to employers who want to help their employees meet the demands of work and family.
Meet Karen DeLoach. A bookkeeper from Montgomery, Alabama, Karen recently testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce about the real-life consequences of this inflexible law. In a video released today by House Republicans, Karen describes the struggles she faced as a working mom and explains how the Working Families Flexibility Actof 2013 (H.R. 1406) would help her do more of the things she wants to do, like spending time with her children and grandchildren:
When it comes to saying... "I'm going to work a lot in April and I would like to be able to use that time in July," that's not an option for [my employer]. He cannot let me do that. I just don't understand why its not an option, and I sure would appreciate it if it were.