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Allen Votes to Provide More Flexibility for Working Families

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Washington, May 2, 2017 | comments

The Working Families Flexibility Act passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 229-197 today. Congressman Rick W. Allen (R-GA-12) supported this legislation to empower hardworking families to better balance work and family obligations. As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Congressman Allen spoke in support of this legislation on the House floor earlier today:

“Mr. Speaker, today I rise in support of H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act. Many Americans can relate to the difficulties of balancing work duties with family obligations. It’s not always easy to attend a parent teacher conference, care for an aging parent, or stay home with a newborn when outdated federal laws create constant barriers to workplace flexibility.  

H.R. 1180 will amend the outdated Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and bring much-needed reform to the workplace. It will give employers the freedom to offer employees a choice between cash wages and comp time for overtime hours worked.  

I emphasize, this is a voluntary option, which means that employees who want to receive cash wages can continue to do so, and if they choose to accept comp time and change their mind, allows workers to withdraw and receive cash wages whenever they choose. By passing this bill, American workers will gain more flexibility in the workplace allowing them to have more time to spend with the people they love.

I urge my colleagues to support this commonsense legislation that supports our American workers.”

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