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INFOGRAPHIC: Our Workforce Changed. It's Time for the Law to Change, Too.

Our workforce is changing. More kids are raised in households where both parents work. More students hold down full-time jobs while pursuing a postsecondary degree. More single moms and dads are in the workforce. With so many demands on Americans’ time, it’s no surprise many struggle with work-life balance – and an outdated federal law isn’t making things any easier. 

The following infographic helps illustrate our evolving workforce:


Due to these changes, many are eager for more flexibility in the workplace. However, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 prevents private-sector workers from choosing paid time off as compensation for overtime hours worked – denying these workers the flexibility public-sector employees have enjoyed for decades. To help workers better balance family and career, House Republicans are advancing the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406). This pro-family, pro-worker legislation will remove an outdated barrier in federal law and empower Americans with more choice and flexibility in the workplace.

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