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Matheson Supports Overtime Flexibility Bill for Private Sector Workers

Washington D.C.-  Today Congressman Jim Matheson voted in favor of a bill that would give flexibility to employees who work more than 40 hours per week.  Employees would have the option of deciding between either paid time off or overtime pay for work beyond the 40 hour week.  H.R. 1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act, gives workers more choice in how they are compensated. 

“Utah is a state where families are the center of our communities and our lives,” said Matheson.  “This bill prioritizes what Utahns value most, the opportunity to choose what is best for their families.  Whether it is caring for an aging parent or spending needed time with a child, Utahns have a strong sense of duty to our families.  I appreciate that this bill gives each family the personal choice to determine what best fits their needs.”

The bill would give employees the choice of being paid for overtime work, or receiving compensated time off – in both cases at a time-and-a-half rate.  Current law only allows government employees this choice.  The bill would bring parity to public and private sector employees.  In addition, employees choosing to receive “comp” time rather than overtime pay are protected under the bill  with a provision that requires comp time be used within one year or the employee will be paid for the overtime hours worked. 

“The Working Families Flexibility Act gives private sector employees the choice of being compensated for overtime work with time-and-a-half pay or time-and-a-half comp time,” said Matheson.  “Government employees have had this choice for almost thirty years, and it’s time Utah families had the same choice in how they are compensated.”