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August 03, 2004
Bush Calls for Comp Time

President Bush is urging Congress to pass legislation that would allow private-sector employers to offer employees compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay.

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"Congress needs to enact what we call comp-time and flex-time, to help American families better juggle work and home duties," Bush told an audience in Pittsburgh recently.

Bush discusses the issue during his new stump speech.

A proposal by Republicans in Congress would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow employers to offer employees paid time off as compensation for overtime hours worked. Through a voluntary agreement with their employers, employees would be able to choose overtime pay or paid time off. For each hour worked over 40, employees would receive one and a half hours of compensatory time.

In recent campaign speeches, Bush has offered no details about the plan he supports.

Critics of allowing employers to offer compensatory time say employers would pressure workers into agreeing to accept compensatory time instead of being paid overtime.

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