The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (HR 1406) was passed by the house on May 8, 2013 to amend the existing Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Previously, only federal, state and local government employees had the option of receiving comp time in lieu of overtime pay. This amendment changes the playing field a little and makes automated time tracking software an even more essential part of a business’ workforce management efforts.
The new amendment will allow private sector employees to opt for compensatory time for any extra hours worked beyond their regular 40 hour workweek. This new law does not make it mandatory for private sector employees to receive comp time instead of overtime pay, but it affords them the option of choosing time off rather than monetary compensation, which is attractive for many working families.