If there is one thing every working parent can agree on, it's that there always seems to be a shortage of time: time with kids, time for errands, time with family. There is never enough time.
This week, the House is considering the Working Families Flexibility Act – also known as #YourTime.
#YourTime will allow working parents to choose how they want to be paid for their overtime: in time-and-a-half cash wages or as time-and-a-half paid time off.
It is pro-family, pro-worker legislation that gives workers the flexibility to spend time with family, attend parent-teacher conferences, care for aging parents, stay home with a newborn or attend to other family needs that may arise.
Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Education & Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, Rep. Martha Roby and Rep. Renee Ellmers joined private sector employees and working parents for a roundtable discussion about #YourTime in Falls Church, Virginia.
Leader Cantor made the following remarks after the conclusion of the roundtable discussion:
“We want to thank CENTECH for hosting us today and I want to salute Chairman John Kline and of course the bill’s sponsor Representative Martha Roby for all their hard work on the Working Families Flexibility Act, which is what this bill is called, and it’s called that for a reason.
“Fernando talked about being able to meet the needs of today's workforce, and that’s exactly what this bill does. It says, that hourly waged employees in the private sector ought to have the same privilege and benefit as those in the public sector. That is if they work over 40 hours a week they ought to be able to engage in a voluntary arrangement with their employer to have comp time instead of receiving time and a half overtime.
“It’s very simple. If you’re a working parent, as I am, you know one thing all of us have in common and that is we need more time. That’s what this bill will allow. It is a common sense bill and it puts parents before politics.”