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Just The Facts: The Working Families Flexibility Act Safeguards Workers' Time and Wages

Right now the House Education and the Workforce Committee is considering the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406), a commonsense proposal that will help more Americans balance family and work.


Opponents of H.R. 1406 claim the proposal will result in employees working longer hours for less pay. However, a quick look at the facts helps set the record straight:

FACT: 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.

FACT: H.R. 1406 requires the employer and employee to complete a written comp time agreement. An employee can withdraw from this agreement at any time and receive his or her accrued comp time in cash wages.

FACT: Comp time is accrued at the same rate as overtime cash wages. Employees who work more than 40 hours a week will receive paid time off at the same time-and-a-half rate currently used for overtime wages.  

FACT: Workers can cash out their accrued comp time whenever they choose and receive the equivalent in cash wages. Employers are required to provide cash wages within 30 days of receiving an employee request.  

To learn more about the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013, visit

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