Rep. Martha Roby, GOP Pushes Paid Time Off In Lieu of Overtime


By Heather VacLav

Alabama's U.S. Rep. Martha Roby is gaining national attention in Washington.

Despite opposition from congressional Democrats and a threatened veto from the White House, Rep. Roby called on the Senate to pass her Working Families Flexibility Act.

The legislation, which passed the House Thursday, would allow employers to offer paid time off instead of overtime pay, as a way to give working families more flexibility in how they spend their time.

Roby says it would remove an outdated restriction on private-sector employees accruing "comp time", or paid time off, in exchange for overtime.

Roby said this bill does not change the 40-hour work week or how overtime pay is calculated.

However, during a news conference Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she couldn't disagree more and slammed Roby's legislation.

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