House approves bill to change overtime pay law

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Associated Press

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 11:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has approved a measure allowing private sector workers to trade their overtime pay for time off weeks or months later.

The bill, approved on a 223 -204 vote, would allow employees who work more than 40 hours a week to save up to 160 hours of earned time off for future use. GOP lawmakers say it gives workers at private firms the same flexibility that public sector workers already have.

Democrats and worker advocacy groups oppose the measure, saying it opens the door for employers to pressure workers not to take overtime pay. They warn there is no guarantee workers would be able to take the extra time off when they want.

The bill has little chance of success in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The White House has threatened a veto.

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