Comp Time – Screwed Again

Making America Great Again

Comp time is a business dodge to keep from paying you time and a half. It was thought up by some real creep long ago, but to make it a law in 2017 takes some real scum-bags. You see, in an era where good jobs are all done by robots, and hourly workers are easy to come by, rolling out comp time is a dream come true for people who don’t. Work hourly, that is.

Pay you less again

The joke about comp time is that you probably won’t get to use it, except when your boss says you can. Long weekends? Forget it, the slow day is Wednesday. We don’t need you, so stay home and use up your comp time.


Allows employers to offer employees a choice between cash wages and comp time for overtime hours worked. Employees who want to receive cash wages would continue to do so. No employee can be forced to take comp time instead of receiving cash wages.

Protects employees by requiring the employer and the employee to complete a written agreement to use comp time, entered into knowingly and voluntarily by the employee. Where the employee is represented by a union, the agreement to take comp time must be part of the collective bargaining agreement negotiated between the union and the employer.

Retains all existing employee protections in current law, including the 40-hour workweek and how overtime compensation is accrued. The bill adds additional safeguards for workers to ensure the choice and use of comp time are truly voluntary.

Allows employees to accrue up to 160 hours of comp time each year. An employer would be required to pay cash wages at the overtime rate of time-and-a-half for any unused time at the end of the year. Workers are free to ‘cash out’ their accrued comp time whenever they choose to do so.

Freeing you to earn less

Sounds okay, but it is not. The employer is in charge of what happens. Do you feel greater now? As low as wages are, they have just gotten lower. The GOP is screwing the little guy out of one more chance to get ahead.

“This is nothing but a recycled bad bill that would allow big corporations to make an end-run around giving workers the pay they’ve earned,” – Sen. Patty Murray