McConnell argues for flexible comp time for working families

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTeacher defeats Kentucky state House majority leader in GOP primary Conservatives leery of FBI deal on informant Lobbying world MORE (R-Ky.) touted a bill he and Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteThe Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP Audit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars US sends A-10 squadron to Afghanistan for first time in three years MORE (R-N.H.) introduced Wednesday that would allow more U.S. workers to flexibly use comp time.

S. 1626 would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide employees in the private sector with an opportunity to use comp time off instead of being paid for overtime. 

McConnell said federal employees are offered a similar benefit — a flexible credit hour program to help them balance the demands of work and family.

“We can help working Americans better balance the demands of work and family,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday. “This bill will allow flexible work place arrangements. … It simply allows the option for employees to chose paid time off over work instead.”

Some Democrats don’t like the legislation because they fear some employees won’t be fairly compensated or truly get an option, but McConnell said his bill has employee protections to ensure they can “cash out” their comp time at any point.

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