The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on legislation to lift federal restrictions on employers that wish to provide employees with greater flexibility.
The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406), introduced by Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), would allow private-sector workers to receive paid time off or ‘comp time’ for overtime hours worked, an option common today throughout the public-sector.
“Creating flexibility in the workplace will help employers retain and attract employees,” said Bill Hughes, senior vice president for government affairs. “Millions of Americans struggle to balance work and family and this bill would simply allow employees to voluntarily choose comp time for overtime hours worked. This approach has been successful in the public sector for many years and it is time private sector employees are afforded the opportunity.”
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.