House Republicans passed a bill Tuesday that would let employers in the private-sector give workers paid time off instead of overtime pay. The bill passed 229 to 197, and was largely along party lines, the Washington Post reports. No Democrats voted for the bill, and only six Republicans voted against it. While Republicans think the bill will give greater flexibility to employers and their workers, notes the Post, Democrats think the bill undercuts the Fair. What are your thoughts in regards to how Verizon will deal with this.
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A) Everyone should be represented by a union.
B) Nobody should vote Republican.
This is absolutely rediculous. Somehow you get "The second gives them the right to hold any other compensation for up the 13 months" out of a simple sentence that says an employer may designate any 12 month period, other than the calendar year, as a year. Stop trying to find something that simply isn't there. It's all spelled out in the bill.
Ok, one more time. Here’s the entire section on compensation.
“(B) COMPENSATION DATE.—Not later than January 31 of each calendar year, the employee’s employer shall provide monetary compensation for any unused compensatory time off accrued during the preceding calendar year that was not used prior to December 31 of the preceding year at the rate prescribed by paragraph (6). An employer may designate and communicate to the employer’s employees a 12-month period other than the calendar year, in which case such compensation shall be provided not later than 31 days after the end of such 12-month period.
The first sentence does indeed refer to paying for unused compensatory time. Obviously they can’t pay you for compensatory time until the calendar year in which it has been a lot is over. However, do you think they are just reiterating this in the second sentence? Of course not! While it doesn’t precisely spell out “time and one half overtime” what do you think “compensation” refers to?
You need to READ the article. The first sentence clearly addresses when compensatory time will be paid. The second gives them the right to hold any other compensation for up the 13 months.
You conveniently left off the first part of the paragraph, "“(B) COMPENSATION DATE.—Not later than January 31 of each calendar year, the employee’s employer shall provide monetary compensation for any unused compensatory time off accrued during the preceding calendar year that was not used prior to December 31 of the preceding year at the rate prescribed by paragraph"
It's not withholding OT, it's the employee not using their comp time for one reason or another. There is also the section that allows the employee to elect to take OT again and the employer must pay the employee for their earned comp time within 30 days.
I have read the bill, maybe you should reread it more closely this time. “An employer may designate and communicate to the employer’s employees a 12-month period other than the calendar year, in which case such compensation shall be provided not later than 31 days after the end of such 12-month period.”
Read the actual bill, it doesn't give employers 13 months to pay OT.
True, they have to pay the previous year's unused comp time, but that is on the employee for not using their time or for not seeing that the employer's comp time policy wouldn't work for them. It gives people a choice, nothing more nothing less. Nobody is taking anyone's OT. Infact it may not even apply to Union employees since they are covered under a CBA
This is the same nonsense Bush tried back in early 2000’s when he tried to go from a 40 hour work week, to an 80 hour pay period. Essentially you’d get paid for 80 hours over two weeks, but you could be worked 60 or 70 hours in one week and 10 or 20 in the next all for straight time. Programs like this only benefit the corporations yet they try to disguise them under the umbrella of “employee flexibility”.
Yes, technically it will be a choice however the bill allows the employer, (Verizon) to withhold any OT payment for up to 13 months. This is a garbage deal that had zero upside for employees. There are currently PLENTY of programs such as FMLA, FCL, and Small necessities leave that are available to provide time for those who need it. KEEP YOUR HAND OFF MY OT!
I would rather have the money...
This section of the bill is a good thing for ALL middle class employees. If you're hourly, YOU get to choose the following: 1 hour OT at time and a half OR 1 hour OT for 1.5 hours comp time.
Not everyone has the same amount of vacation time that we do, so comp time is crucial for working parents or people who are busy outside of the company. The big mystery, and the original question, is how will Verizon implement the comp time policy? BTW managers are salaried so this has no bearing on them.
Republicans and trump at it again to screw Americans and make America garbage again.
Guess again, Trump as already stated that if this makes it to his desk he'll sign off on i. Just another example of how this administration is stick it to the working class that supposedly elected him
LOL What's overtime pay? I only seem to get OT every three or so years.
Anyway, good luck getting this passed. If it does go through the Senate Trump will veto, unless this is part of a bundled bill.
It give the employee a chioce either take overtime pay or take comp time,your employer does not dictate which one you pick the employee does,so if it passes thru the senate, i am sure that the lower level manegers manegers will get their ot pay back
Yet another good reason to have a union contract.
Good luck hiring the top qualified people with the skills you need as an employer for your business with your job description that includes No Overtime pay for hours worked in after shift or scheduled days off we're just going to give you time off when we really don't need you.
Verizon would screw us in a second given the opportunity. Luckily it’ll never make it through the Senate.