Last October, Austin Benefits Group hosted a seminar regarding possible changes to the FLSA Overtime Rule. Those changes were blocked by a federal judge in Texas by a temporary injunction. Today, we are bringing you updates to a new bill to amend FLSA policies regarding overtime and compensatory time off.
House passes Changes to Overtime Rules
On May 2, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Workers Families Flexibility Act (also known as H.R. 1180). If approved, H.R. 1180 would authorize private employers to offer compensatory time instead of overtime pay for nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours per week. H.R. 1180 still needs approval from the Senate and the executive branch before it becomes law.
Compensatory time off is already a common practice for many federal and state employers, but it is not currently allowed by the Fair Labor Standards Ace (FLSA) for private employers. H.R. 1180 would amend the FLSA to allow this practice, if certain conditions are met.
Because H.R. 1180 is not yet law, no action steps are currently required of any employers.