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GOP Seeks Alternative to Overtime Pay

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: politics, republicans, usa, labor, overtime pay, compensation )

- 1874 days ago -
It seems like a simple proposition: give employees who work more than 40 hours a week the option of taking paid time off instead of overtime pay.

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lee e (114)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 10:24 am
Oh PULEEEEEAAAAASSSE! These s-o-b's would gouge the poor to death before they relinquished a single penny from their ever increasing coffers! Get rid of the stench in DC! Starting with, but by no means ending with that evil one whose picture graces this obnoxious article (Cantor)!

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 4:51 pm
Ditto what Lee said. I would add that since Congress spends less days there working in DC than ever before, they should have their pay docked as well!

Jae A (316)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 5:09 pm
I agree Lee ! ..and with Lous also. :-)

Their braindead idea is so full of insanitea...loopholes...and just out right B.S. it isn't even worth the effort that it took 'Cantor the Ranter' to spew it

Carol H (229)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 4:51 am
good comments!!

Mike M (40)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 4:58 am
I agree. All they want is to rob, rob, rob to please there masters. It is way past time to stop this takeover of America and the pictured thief and all the other evil doers need to be sent packing and not to used a lobbyists to steal some more. Test dummies would be their best vocation.

Kay H (0)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 4:58 am
And they say slavery is a thing of the past.

Phillip W (210)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:07 am
Even if we have this argument, I have a few concerns: Are the overtime accumulated hours a fungible asset? Do I get paid this money if/when the company goes under? If the company keeps my accumulated hours, do I get interest on that while the company has my "money?" If my accumulated hours amount to me working a percentage that means full-time pay, do I automatically start to get benefits? Sure- let's have a really long hopefully embarrassing conversation.

Jessica C (178)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:18 am
Nice little scheme to get rid of time and a half. I have already signed several petitions opposing this further step into the Gilded Age.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:42 am
Conservative policies cause poverty.

. (0)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 6:45 am
I liked the idea one person had of putting a time clock in Government. Good grief! The POTUS and his brood already take a vacation a month at how many millions of dollars of taxpayer's money to pay for their fun?
Every politician should have to have worked under the same conditions they impose on the rest of us. I know there was one in New York who did go through the same assistance programs and lived under the same conditions as the struggling moms but he's an exception. The most of them; I don't think I have words to express my utter disdain for these parasitical politicians.
You as a company should have a 40 hour work week maximum. Pay them benefits. If you need to hire more workers then hire them locally. There's all kinds of people out there looking for work. If your workers are happy with their pay and benefits the company will profit and it will help to alleviate the local economies.
The politicians can't see past the next labor gouge or their exorbitant profit/loss balance sheets.

Robert B (60)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 7:19 am
It sounds so "reasonable and innocent" on the surface, but let's face it, this is just another scheme that is NOT in the best interests of the employee. How we can we ever believe a congress that is allowed to use insider information for insider trading to enrich themselves? These crooks have got to go!!! Please remember this on election day.

Stephanie Reap (192)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 8:23 am
Please remember this for election day!!!

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 9:32 am
If the GOP ever had a good idea, it would die of loneliness.

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 9:47 am
Got to give it to the Repugs, they overtime for their corporate bosses to screw the working American!

Lynn Squance (235)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 9:57 am
I agree with Robert B --- just another way that the that employers will be able to screw workers.

. (0)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 11:05 am
I guess they're "assuming" everyone has jobs......and making oodles of "overtime money"

Barbara V (51)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 1:36 pm
THEY WOULD!!! Lord knows what they get for a dishonest day's work.

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 2:27 pm
read & noted

David Menard (43)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 3:29 pm
I agree with Lee E and Jae A

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 5:17 pm

Jeremy S (3)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 7:10 pm
Yet another business-friendly, worker-hostile piece of legislation from this Congress! What a surprise. But cut their own salaries? Not likely.

Lloyd H (46)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 7:53 pm
The "Flexibility Act" is nothing but a Shell Game, you give your boss your overtime and then if your boss wants to, but is not required to, you can guess to which of his off shore accounts the profit has been moved. The bill contains no guarentees/requierments, that when you want to use what you have saved up your boss has to actually cough up the earned benefit.

Scott haakon (4)
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 10:20 pm
This is just insane. Work 60 hours get paid for 40 and well gee we can't let you use comp time because it's our busy season and of course it is use it or lose it.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 4:22 am
Did anyone read the article: "The choice already exists in the public sector. "

Jaime A (52)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 7:37 am

James E (16)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 12:19 pm
The proposal might be worth discussing, IF, it is clearly the workerís choice without pressure to do otherwise (not likely that will happen).

Since the basis of the proposal is because it is an option for federal employees, why not add in mandatory sick days, paid vacation, and so forth. Yes I know, I am dreaming. The possibility of the GOP/TP doing that is about as likely as them praising Obama.

Kathryn Niell (112)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 1:09 pm
When I was in middle-management, my manager would allow me comp time, which I appreciated. However, what about the "half" of time-and-a-half? To be truly fair, it should be comp-time-and-a-half, which we all know the GOP and business would never agree to!
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