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Christy McGill, Art Teacher - Divide Elementary School, Lookout, WV.

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Pending Comp Time Legislation

Hard-pressed American working families need more time and more money, but what they don't need is less money and more employer control of their lives. Beneath their veneer of happy talk, the comp time bills now pending before Congress would mean less money and more control for employers.

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce has marked up a comp time bill that is about more flexibility for employers -- not for employees. Employers will be able to discriminate against employees who want overtime pay and employers would control when employees could use the comp time. This bill is not family friendly.

The Republican bills also fail to expand Family and Medical Leave, which has proven to ease the burden on working families. New legislation should provide time off for more family needs and expand coverage to workers at companies with 25 or more employees, an improvement from the current threshold of 50 or more employees. The report of the bi-partisan Commission on Leave found that the Family and Medical Leave Act has virtually no negative effects on employers, while it has clear benefits for workers and their families.

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