In a recent hearing, the House Subcommittee discussed the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013. If passed, the act could allow Wisconsin employees to choose between having time off or receiving overtime pay for extra hours worked. Critics of the bill argue that it really gives more power to the employer and is actually unfair for employee rights.
Employees in the private sector may be the biggest winners if the bill passes. It is difficult for hourly workers to convert previous hours worked into overtime. Congress passed a measure in 1985 that allowed the government employees to use comp time in this manner. When it comes to private sector employees, there is no such provision in place. The ultimate goal of the bill is to promote proper work-life balance for employees.
According to Wisconsin law, each week is calculated separately when it comes to overtime. If a person works overtime in any given week, overtime must be paid to that employee for that particular week. Some employees may not be receiving just compensation for the hours they work. If so, they may want to contact an employment law attorney who can help them take appropriate action.
Source: MSNBC.com, "Overtime pay vs. comp time: Will House bill benefit workers or their bosses?," Ned Resnikoff, April 11, 2013