Hardworking Minnesotans need options

  • Article by: JOHN KLINE
  • Updated: May 2, 2013 - 9:14 PM

Overtime should be comped instead of paid, if they and their employers wish.

  • 20
  • Comments

  • Results per page:
pumiceMay. 2, 13 9:42 PM

By eroding overtime protections guaranteed by the Fair Labor Standards Act, H.R. 1406 would result less family time for workers. By substituting comp time for overtime wages, H.R. 1406 would result in a pay cut. If you are interested in pro-job, pro-worker and pro-family legislation, Representative Kline, support the Paycheck Fairness Act, paid leave, and expanded access to the Family and Medical Leave Act.

16
1
badcopperMay. 3, 13 4:55 AM

Amazing how little americans like to work. Most people i know haven't worked 40 hours per week since their early 20s. Most people higher on the socio - economic scale haven't either. Thats how you advance through your career. I have no sympathy for people who work 38.5 hours per week and complain that others make more than them.

1
16
snickelodeonMay. 3, 13 6:39 AM

This is hogwash. The problem with Kline's argument is obvious in the headline, "Overtime should be comped instead of paid, if they and their employers wish." I'd be in favor of just about anything that employees and their employers mutually wished for and could mutually choose to accept or reject -- wouldn't any fair minded person? But the problem is, the relationship between employers and individual employees is hardly equal, and the power imbalance has only become greater in recent years. Of course workers need to spend time with their families, and who wouldn't support "choice and flexibility?" But Kline's proposal would do nothing to provide most workers with any of those advantages. Consider: Americans already work more hours than those in most European countries. Yet survey after survey shows that most Americans don't use much of the vacation time they already have, because they are afraid of appearing less than dedicated to their employer and losing their jobs. Comp time won't help workers who are already "choosing" to forfeit some of their vacation days out of fear, and surveys say that's up to 70 percent of us. Kline's argument would be laughable, if the reality and his attempt to sell this idea as a benefit to employees and families wasn't so sad.

12
0
armybratMay. 3, 13 7:33 AM

"Americans already work more hours than those in most European countries." --- I Colombia and many other countries the average work week is 48 hours. Europe is bankrupt. Why do you want to emulate them? They are lazy and think the government should take care of them.

2
15
gandalf48May. 3, 13 8:04 AM

Very confused by this legislation...I can get comp time for travelling or working extra hours while on site or if I have to work during holidays...not real sure why we needed a new law when private sector employers already do this.

6
0
cstoney48May. 3, 13 8:28 AM

Working hours per country are often not what many Americans believe them to be and don't necessarily correspond with national prosperity. . (South Korea: 2,357 hours) -- (Greece: 2,052 hours) -- (Czech Republic: 1997 hours) -- (Poland: 1985 hours) -- (Russia: 1981 hours) -- (Turkey: 1918 hours) -- (Mexico: 1883 hours) -- (Italy: 1800 hours) -- (United States: 1797 hours) -- (Japan: 1728 hours) -- (Australia: 1692 hours) -- (Sweden: 1634 hours) -- (Norway: 1426 hours) -- (Germany: 1,413 hours). The Germans, Norwegians and Swedes are doing just fine. Now check the Greeks. Numbers are from 2011 OECD statistics.

2
1
northhillMay. 3, 13 9:06 AM

I doubt Representative Kline cares about those who work for a living. He instead wants to take care of the best interests of employers. Employers don't care if employees miss family events; they just want to get the work out the door; and do it as cheaply as possible. The way Kline sees it, comp time should be given when it is in the best interests of the employer. It should be in the best of employees too.Comp time has a big hook in it. Every time it seemed, I asked for time off for a family event my employer expected me to work overtime the next ten times they asked. Most employee know the drill quite well.

7
0
burglusMay. 3, 13 9:36 AM

this is bad for the middle class. the extra money comes in handy at Christmas time.and if i am forced to work overtime i want to get paid not more time off, i have a hard time using all my vacation now

6
0
braxozMay. 3, 13 9:45 AM

cstoney48 May. 3, 13 8:28 AM ___________ Thank you for the rebuttal to armybrat May. 3, 13 7:33 AM

2
1
odinmanMay. 3, 1310:07 AM

What about salaried workers? Every salaried worker I know works 50 or more hours a week (due to workload) but they get no overtime pay or comp time.

3
2

Comment on this story   |  

ADVERTISEMENT

  • about opinion

  • The Opinion section is produced by the Editorial Department to foster discussion about key issues. The Editorial Board represents the institutional voice of the Star Tribune and operates independently of the newsroom.

  • Submit a letter or commentary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT