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Free-Market Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Support Overtime Choice Bill

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Inside Sources covers a coalition letter led by CEI urging lawmakers to support The Working Families Flexibility Act.

A coalition letter from free-market advocates urged lawmakers Wednesday to support a bill that is designed to provide employees flexibility in how they get compensated for overtime.

The Working Families Flexibility Act would reform federal law governing overtime pay. The bill would allow employees to choose paid time off instead of cash when working overtime. Critics fear it could undermine overtime protections. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is leading the coalition letter in support of the bill.

“The legislation is a positive step toward allowing employers to offer flexible work arrangements that make it easier for workers to achieve a better work-life balance,” the letter states. “With this legislation, a worker could choose to receive paid comp time in lieu of overtime wages if the employer agrees.”

The letter was signed by roughly a dozen free-market advocacy groups. Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, the Center for Worker Freedom, FreedomWorks, the National Taxpayers Union, and the R Street Institute were among those that signed the letter.

Read the full article at Inside Sources.