by Diana Furchtgott-Roth
e21 – Economic Policies for the 21st Century
June 23, 2014
Women face particular barriers to employment in their role as secondary workers and as family caregivers. Overtime rules hurt women by reducing flexibility with their employer. Many women with children, particularly young mothers who cannot afford childcare, would prefer to have flexibility in their schedule rather than extra overtime pay. The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013, sponsored by Representative Martha Roby, would allow employers to offer workers who worked more than 40 hours a week a choice of compensatory time off rather than overtime pay. The Act would benefit not just current workers who would like additional flexibility, but also women who do not work but who might find the prospect of comp time an inducement to enter the labor force. Some mothers do not want to enter the workforce because they are unwilling to work long hours away from their families. For these people, the prospect of comp time might make full-time work a viable option.