Overtime Pay vs. PTO: Should Companies Allow the Choice?

Do you think companies should be able to give employees paid time off instead of overtime pay? A bill recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives that would allow this practice. Bills like this have made it through the House before, but have usually stalled in the Senate due to a lack of bipartisan support.

The act is known as the Working Families Flexibility Act. It would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow employers and workers to voluntarily agree to 1.5 hours of paid time off for every hour of overtime worked. These PTO hours would be capped at 160 hours per year, and would have to be approved by the employer.

Public sector employees are already allowed to be given paid time off for overtime hours. This bill would extend that opportunity to private sector employees.

Supporters of the bill believe that it gives much-needed choice to workers, who know their needs better than a one-size-fits-all government policy would. Opponents of the bill say it could potentially weaken worker protections.

The bill will now move to the Senate.

What do you think? Would you like the opportunity to receive paid time off for overtime work, or do you think this system would be too easily exploited to the detriment of workers? Sound off in the comments.

The Law Offices of Aaron Allison provide representation for victims of workplace accidents in Austin and throughout Central Texas.



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