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Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

BACKGROUND: The American workforce has transformed dramatically over the years and the needs of workers in the 21st century have changed as well. Millennials now represent the majority of the workforce, and many young Americans work full time while pursuing a college degree. Additionally, more single moms and dads are in the workforce. And more kids are raised in households where both parents work. With these changes, Americans are demanding more flexibility in the workplace. In fact, 85 percen...

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Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 - Employee Protections

WORKING FAMILIES FLEXIBILITY ACT OF 2017 Empowering families and protecting workers To help Americans balance the needs of family and work, Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) introduced the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. 1180). This commonsense legislation would allow private-sector workers to choose paid time off or ‘comp time’ instead of cash wages as compensation for working overtime hours. Public-sector employees have enjoyed this benefit for almost 30 years. It’s time private-sector w...

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Myth vs. Fact - The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

Myth: H.R. 1180 will result in employees working longer hours for less pay. Fact: The Working Families Flexibility Act safeguards workers’ time and wages. • Receiving paid time off or ’comp time’ for working overtime hours is completely voluntary. An employee who prefers to receive cash payment for overtime hours worked is always free to do so. • Employers and employees are required to complete a written comp time agreement. An employee can withdraw from this agreement at any time and receive c...

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Committee to Mark Up Bill to Provide More Workplace Flexibility, Discuss Solutions for Improving Accountability in Higher Education

This week, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), will mark up H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017. The committee will also hold a hearing to examine ways to strengthen accountability in higher education by improving the accreditation system. Both the markup and hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. On Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m., the committee will mark up the Working Families Flexibilit...

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Preserving Employee Wellness Programs

Preserving Employee Wellness Programs By Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce From the start of the new Congress and new administration, reining in the regulatory state has been a leading priority — and for good reason. In recent years, the American people have endured an unprecedented regulatory onslaught. Determined to advance an extreme liberal agenda, unelected bureaucrats of the Obama administration came up with new regulatory schemes ...

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Committee to Mark Up Bill to Provide More Workplace Flexibility, Discuss Solutions for Improving Accountability in Higher Education

This week, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), will mark up H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017. The committee will also hold a hearing to examine ways to strengthen accountability in higher education by improving the accreditation system. Both the markup and hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. On Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m., the committee will mark up the Working Families Flexibilit...

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To Protect Retirement Savers, Committee Members Urge DOL to Further Delay Flawed Fiduciary Rule

Republican members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), are urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to further delay implementation of the fiduciary rule, which would force low- and middle-income families to pay more for retirement advice and make it harder for small businesses to offer their workers retirement options. In comments submitted to Acting Labor Secretary Edward Hugler, members wrote, “Thankfully, President Trump has provided an o...

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President Signs Resolution to Protect Retirement Savers

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) issued the following statements after President Trump signed H. J. Res 67 into law. The resolution closes one of two regulatory loopholes that would allow states and localities to force private-sector workers into government-run IRAs without consumer protections provided by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. “This Resolution eliminates one of several last-minute ...

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Witnesses Urge Members to Extend Workplace Flexibility to More Americans

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), held a legislative hearing today on a commonsense proposal that would help Americans better balance work, family, and personal needs. Introduced by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL), the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180) would allow private-sector employers to offer workers the choice of paid time off or cash wages for overtime hours. For more than 30 years, public-sector employees have been able to accrue "comp t...

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Protecting Affordable Health Care for Workers and Families

Affordable health care continues to be a top concern for families and small business owners. For employers, popular options like self-insurance are essential to providing workers access to high-quality care at an affordable cost. In fact, more than 60 percent of employers offering health care coverage are self-insured. With this option, employers pay their employees’ medical expenses directly instead of purchasing a one-size-fits-all plan from an insurance company. As a result, they have greater...

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Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

BACKGROUND: The American workforce has transformed dramatically over the years and the needs of workers in the 21st century have changed as well. Millennials now represent the majority of the workforce, and many young Americans work full time while pursuing a college degree. Additionally, more single moms and dads are in the workforce. And more kids are raised in households where both parents work. With these changes, Americans are demanding more flexibility in the workplace. In fact, 85 percen...

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Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 - Employee Protections

WORKING FAMILIES FLEXIBILITY ACT OF 2017 Empowering families and protecting workers To help Americans balance the needs of family and work, Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) introduced the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R. 1180). This commonsense legislation would allow private-sector workers to choose paid time off or ‘comp time’ instead of cash wages as compensation for working overtime hours. Public-sector employees have enjoyed this benefit for almost 30 years. It’s time private-sector w...

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Myth vs. Fact - The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

Myth: H.R. 1180 will result in employees working longer hours for less pay. Fact: The Working Families Flexibility Act safeguards workers’ time and wages. • Receiving paid time off or ’comp time’ for working overtime hours is completely voluntary. An employee who prefers to receive cash payment for overtime hours worked is always free to do so. • Employers and employees are required to complete a written comp time agreement. An employee can withdraw from this agreement at any time and receive c...

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Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 Fact Sheet

BACKGROUND Helping children reject a life of crime has long been a national priority. It requires more than an adjudication system and a detention facility. It requires a collaborative effort among parents, teachers, and community members to prevent criminal behavior and support children who have engaged in illegal activity. To promote safe communities and help state and local leaders serve at-risk youth, Congress passed the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act in 1974. The law coordi...

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Setting the Record Straight: Q&A on Voluntary Employee Wellness Programs

Voluntary employee wellness plans have long helped lower health care costs for working families and promote the health and wellbeing of employees. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, introduced the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (H.R. 1313) to provide regulatory clarity so employers can have the certainty they need to continue offering their workers the option of participating in employee wellness programs. Unfortunately, criti...

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Byrne Statement: Hearing on H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act

As I said at our first subcommittee hearing of the 115th Congress, “the rules and regulations surrounding the Fair Labor Standards Act are simply outdated.” We live in the 21st century, yet many of the rules governing America’s workplaces were designed by those who lived during the Great Depression. It goes without saying that a lot has changed since then. Millennials now represent the majority of the workforce. In nearly half of two-parent households, both mom and dad work full time. That’s up...

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Lewis Statement: Markup of H.R. 1809, Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017

As someone who has been interested in the wider field of criminal justice reform for many years, it’s a privilege to be able to make some common-sense reforms to strengthen our juvenile justice system and help get our children on the right track. Ensuring young people grow into productive members of society is essential to building a strong and prosperous nation. But the reality is that all across America there are young people experiencing grim and challenging circumstances. Some are growing u...

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Guthrie Statement: Markup of H.R. 1808, the Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017

I have three children, and my wife and I work very hard to ensure they are safe and taken care of. Their wellbeing has always been our top concern, and I can only imagine what a nightmare it must be to have your child taken from you or to learn that they have been abused, exploited, or taken advantage of. Sadly, last year alone, there were more than 465,000 reports of missing children. And those were just the cases that were actually reported. Fortunately, as a country, we have long made lookin...

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Foxx Statement: Markup of H.R. 1808 and H.R. 1809

Today, we will consider two pieces of legislation: the Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act and the Juvenile Justice Reform Act. These bipartisan bills are different in policy but share a similar purpose. One streamlines a law that provides support for missing and exploited children. The other makes reforms to assist at-risk youth and juvenile offenders. But both renew a commitment we have made to help and protect our most vulnerable children. Over the years, much has been d...

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Walberg Statement: Hearing on H.R. 986, "Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017"

This hearing is about one basic principle: The sovereign rights of Native Americans must be protected. This core principle is woven deep into the fabric of our shared history. It is part of who we are as a society and has long defined the unique government-to-government relationship that exists between the United States and independent, tribal nations. What does tribal sovereignty mean? It means that Native American tribes have a fundamental right to self-govern. They have a right to self-deter...

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Senate, House Education Committees Request Education Department Take Steps to Assist Students While FAFSA Tool Is Unavailable

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: On March 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a joint press release announcing the temporary suspension of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) due to privacy concerns. Protecting taxpayer and student privacy is vitally important, and we are concerned about any potential attempts to misuse se...

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Congressional Leaders Write to Secretary DeVos on FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Outage

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: We are writing about your recent notification that the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is currently unavailable. We appreciate the initial actions taken by the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to address this issue, and we are writing to obtain further information about the cause and ...

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Committee Leaders Write to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Oversight Efforts

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: The Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) congratulates you on your confirmation as Secretary of the Department of Education (Department). The Department is under the Committee’s jurisdiction, so we are eager to establish an effective and collaborative working relationship with you and your staff during the 115th Congress. A significant part of that r...

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Committee Leaders Write to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Oversight Efforts

The Honorable Thomas Price Secretary U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Secretary Price: The Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) congratulates you on your confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Department). The Department is under the Committee’s jurisdiction, so we are eager to establish an effective and collaborative working relationship with you and your staff during t...

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House and Senate Committee Members Write to Education Department on "Supplement Not Supplant" Proposed Regulation

The Honorable John B. King, Jr. Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Re: RIN 1810-AB33 Proposed Rule on Implementing the Supplement, Not Supplant Provision Under Title I of the ESEA Dear Secretary King: We respectfully submit these comments in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to create new regulations to implement programs under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student S...

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Preserving Employee Wellness Programs

Preserving Employee Wellness Programs By Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce From the start of the new Congress and new administration, reining in the regulatory state has been a leading priority — and for good reason. In recent years, the American people have endured an unprecedented regulatory onslaught. Determined to advance an extreme liberal agenda, unelected bureaucrats of the Obama administration came up with new regulatory schemes ...

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ICYMI: Save Small Business from Obamacare

Save Small Business from Obamacare By Reps. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Tim Walberg (R-MI) Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini warned last month that the Affordable Care Act is in a “death spiral.” Because ObamaCare is failing, we are debating how best to repeal and replace it. But amid this debate, it’s important to remember the people ObamaCare is hurting. Here is what Kathy, who owns a company in Missouri, told the House Ways and Means Committee: “As a small business owner, I recall the days before the ACA ...

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What They’re Saying: “Small Business Health Fairness Act” Is Good for Workers and Job Creators

Faced with rising costs and limited choices, workers are struggling to find the health care coverage they and their families need. And those employed by our nation’s small businesses face particularly tough challenges. Since 2008, the share of small businesses with less than 10 employees offering health care coverage has dropped by a staggering 36 percent. Additionally, the cost of health insurance continues to be a top concern for small business owners. House Republicans are determined to provi...

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Providing a Better Way on Health Care for Small Businesses, Working Families

Under Obamacare, small businesses have been hit hard by flawed mandates and soaring costs. An American Action Forum study reported: Since [Obamacare] became law, among small businesses, the rise in premiums has been associated with $19 billion in lost wages, 10,130 fewer business establishments, and nearly 300,000 lost jobs ... On top of higher costs, small businesses face limited health care plan options for their employees. As Joe Eddy, president and CEO of the family-owned Eagle Manufacturin...

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Repeal & Replace: A Better Way on Health Care

The time to repeal and replace the disastrous 2010 health care law is now. Just this week, House Republicans introduced legislation to provide immediate relief and replace the flawed law with the positive health care reforms Republicans have long supported — reforms that would expand coverage and lower health care costs. As House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) explain in a Wall Street Journal op-ed: The leg...

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