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.
"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.