Why the Working Families Flexibility Act Won't Work

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Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the Working Families Flexibilities Act, a bill supported heavily by Republicans, who claim the act will help employees -- particularly working mothers -- find better work-life balance. But not everyone agrees. Theresa at Red Oak Road is a mother and part-time librarian, and she has seen many public sector colleagues are employed under comp time agreements that sound good on the surface, but don't work out the way they are intended.

Here's some of what Theresa has to say:

Proponents of this bill say that it would give employees of private companies the same rights as employees in the public sector. I work in the public sector and while I am part-time and do not get these benefits, many of my full-time colleagues do trade overtime hours for comp time. It is a nightmare to keep track of. The employee feels they worked 40 hours overtime, but our Director only has 36 hours down. Someone is always feeling they are getting the short end of the stick. There is always an issue when they want to take the comp time, some of them have accumulated months' worth of vacation time and comp time and if they ever took it, we would be way understaffed and would not have the budget to replace them for that time period. If they ever took all that comp time, it would be a hardship to the library.

The Working Families Flexibility Act is headed to Senate committee next. Have you ever had a job where overtime where overtime was compensated with time off? How well did it work? Tell us in the comments...

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