by Patrick Corp
Recently, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1406, titled the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013, which amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. It was co-sponsored by Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Randy Forbes, Morgan Griffith, Robert Hurt and Rob Wittman and touted by Eric Cantor, all Republican congressmen of Virginia.
Purportedly, the bill would allow private-sector employees to take compensatory time in lieu of overtime. In the words of Goodlatte, “Employees would have the opportunity to freely choose which option they prefer . . . and would give all Americans the same flexibility to choose extra time off from work to deal with errands, vacation and family matters, or to receive the current time and a half on your paycheck. . . . What would you do with more of your time?”
Corp, of Roanoke, is the Virginia State Legislative Director for The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union-Transportation Division, and represent railroad conductors, engineers and trainmen, along with sheet metal workers, throughout Virginia.