House Passes Bill to Revise Time Off Rules for Non-Union Employees

admin | May 08, 2013

By a vote of 223-204, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed H.R. 1406, a bill that would allow private-sector workers to trade in overtime hours for requests for unpaid time off.

Under the bill, employers would have flexibility to decide whether to allow nonunion employees to trade overtime hours for time off, and they would have final say in providing time off to workers who have echewed their overtime hours. The bill text states that time off would be permitted to an employee who has accrued time and put in a written request if the employer determines that "the use of the compensatory time does not unduly disrupt the operations of the employer."

Data: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to members of the House between January 1, 2011—December 31, 2012 from interests that have taken a public position on the bill. Contributions data source:

  • House Republicans have received 10 times as much money from groups supporting the bill (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Retail Federation, etc.) than from groups opposing it (AFL-CIO, National Council of La Raza, etc.).
  • House Democrats have received 5.7 times as much money from groups opposing the bill than from groups supporting it.
  • House members voting 'YES' received, on average, $40,495 from groups supporting the bill, 115% more than those voting 'NO.'
  • House members voting 'NO' received, on average, $102,508 from groups opposing the bill, 24 times as much as those voting 'YES.'
  • Speaker John Boehner, who controls the House's legislative agenda, has received more money from supporting groups than any other member of the House ($409,098). 

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions from interest groups that have taken a position on H.R. 1406 to current members of the House, from January 1, 2011December 31, 2012. Contributions data source:

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