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Eric Cantor will propose Federal Law that Ends Overtime Pay for hourly workers

Posted by on May. 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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Eric Cantor will propose Federal Law that Ends Overtime Pay for hourly workers

It boggles the mind to know that some members of Congress (like Cantor) make close to $250k annually and sometimes more, depending on the length of service.  What could Cantor, et al possibly know about the needs of an hourly wage worker?

We could save money an easier way:  End some of Congress’ vacation time and extend their work week to 4.5 days (with a half-day on Friday to get back to their home states.)  That way, the taxpayers of the United States will finally get their money’s worth.

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In Eric Cantor’s February 2013 speech, he said he wanted to propose Federal Law that would end overtime pay for hourly workers.  Currently, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, mandates that certain workers get paid “time + 1/2″ for overtime work.  Eric Cantor wants to eliminate that law.  Because — ya know — workers not getting paid for overtime hours worked out so good for workers before FDR enacted that Law.

Eric Cantor’s “end of overtime pay for workers” that he talked about in his February speech was overshadowed, in part, by the public whining Cantor did bitching that ‘Obama gave his speech at the same time as me … wah, wah, wah.

In this month’s New Yorker Magazine, Ryan Lizza wrote an excellent article titled: “Can Eric Cantor, the Republican Majority Leader, redeem his party and himself?” in which Lizza reminded readers that Eric Cantor wants to end the Federal law that mandates certain workers get paid overtime for the extra hours they labor.

From the New Yorker Magazine: (page 12)

Can Eric Cantor, the Republican Majority Leader, redeem his party and himself? (page 13)Cantor spoke about school choice, tax reform, expanding visas. After the speech, he rode back to the Capitol and met privately with House Republicans to discuss one of the policies he had emphasized: a policy that would allow workers to convert overtime compensation into time off. “I gave a talk today about helping people and about finally focussing on legislation that has understandable benefits right away,” Cantor said. He explained that it would help parents who wanted to go on a field trip or attend a teacher conference. “What I want to see is how we can communicate this, communicate the benefit. How are we going to build a coalition and get it done?

First, the Republicans tried to do this very same thing in 2003 in a House Bill: HR 1119 “Family Time Flexibility Act” (isn’t that a cute title for a bill that will end overtime pay for hourly working moms and dads.)

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Stephanie329
by Bronze Member on May. 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM
Wasn't he also one of the many republicans shooting down the Violence against women Act - and made a rape joke? I had a picture of the quote, but I can't locate it as of yet.
Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on May. 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM
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Do you know what he actually said?

He said we could have the FLEXIBILITY to take time off vesus receiving overtime pay.

That would be a PLUS for working women, not a minus.

Q

 

uoting Stephanie329:

Wasn't he also one of the many republicans shooting down the Violence against women Act - and made a rape joke? I had a picture of the quote, but I can't locate it as of yet.


 

PinkButterfly66
by Bronze Member on May. 2, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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Cantor is an ass.

Stephanie329
by Bronze Member on May. 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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Parents shouldn't have to give up overtime for flexibility. My husband and I know this all too well. I suppose in theory it sounds good on paper. If you work overtime, you should get paid for it. Employers have other ways to allow flexibility - many just don't want to. If could address employers such as this, without messing with overtime pay, that would fabulous.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 


Do you know what he actually said?


He said we could have the FLEXIBILITY to take time off vesus receiving overtime pay.


That would be a PLUS for working women, not a minus.



Q


 


uoting Stephanie329:

Wasn't he also one of the many republicans shooting down the Violence against women Act - and made a rape joke? I had a picture of the quote, but I can't locate it as of yet.




 

JanuaryBaby06
by on May. 2, 2013 at 11:10 PM

 I agree! We need a government that actually wants to help the everyday person. It is redic how far into the pockets of corporations these politicans are these days.

When employees are giving leeway they normally do whats best for "the bottom line" not for the people, lets not pretend like they do. That is why we have l;aws in the 1st place, why unions were formed in the 1st place! urg! this stuff gets me sooooo heated!

Quoting Stephanie329:

Parents shouldn't have to give up overtime for flexibility. My husband and I know this all too well. I suppose in theory it sounds good on paper. If you work overtime, you should get paid for it. Employers have other ways to allow flexibility - many just don't want to. If could address employers such as this, without messing with overtime pay, that would fabulous.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 


Do you know what he actually said?


He said we could have the FLEXIBILITY to take time off vesus receiving overtime pay.


That would be a PLUS for working women, not a minus.



Q


 


uoting Stephanie329:

Wasn't he also one of the many republicans shooting down the Violence against women Act - and made a rape joke? I had a picture of the quote, but I can't locate it as of yet.


 


 


 

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on May. 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM
We had the option to take overtime in time or in cash. This is already in play. I'm totally for flexibility with time/cash pay at the option of the employee, not the employer.

1 1/2 pay in cash is the equivalent of three hours time.

Quoting Billiejeens: 
Do you know what he actually said?
He said we could have the FLEXIBILITY to take time off vesus receiving overtime pay.
That would be a PLUS for working women, not a minus.

Q
 
uoting Stephanie329:Wasn't he also one of the many republicans shooting down the Violence against women Act - and made a rape joke? I had a picture of the quote, but I can't locate it as of yet.

 
Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on May. 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM
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Flexibility?

Our ICU is purposefully understaffed- are the patients suppose to supply their own ICU nursing care when there is no relief nurse? Or one  decides to play his/er flexibility card?

Some people really need to get into the real world...Cantor appears to be one of those folks.

Quoting Billiejeens:


Do you know what he actually said?

He said we could have the FLEXIBILITY to take time off vesus receiving overtime pay.

That would be a PLUS for working women, not a minus.

Q


uoting Stephanie329:

Wasn't he also one of the many republicans shooting down the Violence against women Act - and made a rape joke? I had a picture of the quote, but I can't locate it as of yet.




JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on May. 2, 2013 at 11:18 PM
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People not just parents. And it should be the employee that chooses what s/he wants to do with the overtime. Keep it as cash or convert it into time

1 1/2 hours cash = three hours time


Quoting Stephanie329:

Parents shouldn't have to give up overtime for flexibility. My husband and I know this all too well. I suppose in theory it sounds good on paper. If you work overtime, you should get paid for it. Employers have other ways to allow flexibility - many just don't want to. If could address employers such as this, without messing with overtime pay, that would fabulous.



Quoting Billiejeens:

 



Do you know what he actually said?



He said we could have the FLEXIBILITY to take time off vesus receiving overtime pay.



That would be a PLUS for working women, not a minus.





Q



 



uoting Stephanie329:

Wasn't he also one of the many republicans shooting down the Violence against women Act - and made a rape joke? I had a picture of the quote, but I can't locate it as of yet.






 

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on May. 2, 2013 at 11:21 PM
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The way this worked at my former job was that at the end of the overtime shift the employee had to submit an overtime slip. On that slip, the employee has the option of choosing time or cash. It's then reflected on the paystub.

When the employee wants to take that time off, s/he cannot simply just not show up for work or leave work - a supervisor must authorize the leave and if approved, a leave of absence slip is submitted to deduct that time.

Works rather well.


Quoting Sisteract:

Flexibility?

Our ICU is purposefully understaffed- are the patients suppose to supply their own ICU nursing care when there is no relief nurse? Or one  decides to play his/er flexibility card?

Some people really need to get into the real world...Cantor appears to be one of those folks.

Quoting Billiejeens:



Do you know what he actually said?


He said we could have the FLEXIBILITY to take time off vesus receiving overtime pay.


That would be a PLUS for working women, not a minus.



Q




uoting Stephanie329:

Wasn't he also one of the many republicans shooting down the Violence against women Act - and made a rape joke? I had a picture of the quote, but I can't locate it as of yet.






Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on May. 3, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Was this a public or private sector job?

Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

The way this worked at my former job was that at the end of the overtime shift the employee had to submit an overtime slip. On that slip, the employee has the option of choosing time or cash. It's then reflected on the paystub.

When the employee wants to take that time off, s/he cannot simply just not show up for work or leave work - a supervisor must authorize the leave and if approved, a leave of absence slip is submitted to deduct that time.

Works rather well.


Quoting Sisteract:

Flexibility?

Our ICU is purposefully understaffed- are the patients suppose to supply their own ICU nursing care when there is no relief nurse? Or one  decides to play his/er flexibility card?

Some people really need to get into the real world...Cantor appears to be one of those folks.

Quoting Billiejeens:



Do you know what he actually said?


He said we could have the FLEXIBILITY to take time off vesus receiving overtime pay.


That would be a PLUS for working women, not a minus.



Q




uoting Stephanie329:

Wasn't he also one of the many republicans shooting down the Violence against women Act - and made a rape joke? I had a picture of the quote, but I can't locate it as of yet.







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