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Just The Facts: The Working Families Flexibility Act Protects Employees

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 allow employers to control when workers use their comp time. However, a quick look at the facts helps set the record straight:

FACT: Under H.R. 1406, workers are entitled to use their time whenever they choose as long as they provide reasonable notice and the leave will not ‘unduly disrupt’ business operations.

FACT: The ‘unduly disrupt’ provision included in H.R. 1406 is the same standard used today for public employees receiving comp time. This standard has worked well in the public sector for nearly 30 years.

FACT: All existing enforcement remedies – including action by the U.S. Department of Labor – are available if a worker believes his or her employer unreasonably refuses to allow workers to use accrued comp time.

FACT: The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 will promote greater workplace flexibility for employees while protecting the business needs of employers.

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

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