VIDEO RELEASE: Kline Highlights Need for Greater Workplace Flexibility
WASHINGTON, D.C. | April 25, 2013
Earlier today, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) spoke on the House floor about how the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013(H.R. 1406) will help Americans better balance family and work.
During his remarks, Chairman Kline highlighted the challenges many dads, moms, students, and servicemen and women face trying to juggle their responsibilities outside of the workplace:
Mr. Speaker, outdated federal policy denies many workers the chance to spend more time with their children or care for an aging relative. Accordingly, the Education and the Workforce Committee of which I am chairman, approved legislation last week that will fix this outdated policy and help more Americans balance family and work.
The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 would allow private-sector employers to offer employees the option to receive paid time off, or 'comp time,' in lieu of cash wages for overtime hours worked. This commonsense legislation removes an unnecessary barrier that prevents private-sector workers from receiving the same flexibility public-sector workers have enjoyed for nearly 30 years.