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“Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017”: H.R. 1180 / S. 801

Description:  The legislation would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to allow private-sector employers to “compensate” hourly workers with compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay.

Fair Economy Impact: The legislation does not create employee rights, rather it creates a new employer right – the right to delay paying any wages for overtime work for as long as 13 months. The legislation forces workers to compromise their paychecks for the possibility – but not the guarantee – that they will get time off from work when they need it. At no risk to the employee, the FLSA already allows an employer to grant time off to employees who work overtime. H.R. 1180 adds nothing but delay and risk to the employees’ right to receive extra compensation when they work more than 40 hours in a week.


  • Passed the House (229-197) on party line vote, May 2, 2017
  • On May 2, 2017, The White House issued a Statement of Administration Policy indicating the President would sign the legislation
  • Hearing April 5, 2017, in House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
  • Introduced in Senate April 3, 2017
  • Introduced in House February 16, 2017