Rep. Foster Votes Against “More Work, Less Pay” Bill
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) voted against H.R. 1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013, a bill that would lead to a pay cut for working families by allowing employers to forgo paying overtime to workers who have put in more than 40 hours in a week.
“We should be giving working families more flexibility in the workplace, but this legislation doesn’t do it,” said Foster. “Instead of giving workers more flexibility, it would give employers the flexibility to deny workers the overtime pay they have rightfully earned.”
The “More Work, Less Pay” act would give employers the ability to substitute overtime pay to their workers with comp time. Under this legislation, workers would not be guaranteed time off when they need it. If signed into law, when workers serve overtime, their employers could hold their extra pay, deciding when they want to release the money, in what amounts to interest free loans for employers. Employers could even schedule large blocks of overtime and only offer the extra work to those willing to take comp time instead of overtime pay.
“We shouldn’t be chipping away at protections that middle class workers rely on, especially as they are still recovering from the worst economic collapse we’ve seen since the Great Depression,” added Foster.