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Is the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 Good for Workers or Not?

This week I spoke with my Workforce Institute colleagues Sue Meisinger and Andy Brantley about the Working Families Flexibility Act currently making its way through Congress.  If passed, this Act would enable private sector employers to offer comp time in lieu of overtime pay to their hourly workers.  This has been the case for public sector employees since 1985.

This change would represent a significant change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for private sector employers and workers, and the bill has generated a lot of public debate about whether passage of this Act is good or bad for those workers.  Proponents believe this Act will provide workers with needed flexibility.  Detractors believe this is ultimately an anti-worker bill that will result in employers avoiding overtime pay that their workers are due.

Both Sue and Andy have given this legislation a fair amount of consideration in recent weeks. Andy testified before Congress in support of the bill, and Sue wrote about it in this week’s HRE online.   Both are skeptical it will ultimately become law. During our conversation, we discussed the following questions:

  • Does the Act give workers flexibility in trading overtime for comp time or does it further erode protections previously given to America’s workers by robbing them of overtime pay as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act?
  • Unions have come out against the bill – why?
  • Whether this bill passes or not, what are best practices employers can use to provide better flexibility to working families?

You can download and listen to a podcast of our conversation here:

Discussion with Andy Brantley and Sue Meisinger about the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013

If you’d like to learn more about the Act, you can find a collection of supporting documents here.

You may also want to check in on the objections cited by detractors in articles from the Huffington Post, the New York Times, and The Atlantic.

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Sue Meisinger on Creating a Culture of Innovation

I recently interviewed former SHRM CEO and Workforce Institute board member Sue Meisinger about the chapter she wrote for our book, Elements of Successful Organizations. In her chapter, Sue discusses the role that HR leaders can and should play in creating a culture that encourages and facilitates innovation in their organizations.

She cites a 2010 IBM CEO survey in which CEO’s identified creativity as the most critical factor required for the future success of their organizations. Leveraging her decades of experience leading and counseling large organizations, Sue shares a number of practical strategies for creating opportunities for creativity and innovation to flourish.

One very important point Sue makes is that meaningful innovation isn’t limited to the Apples and Googles of the world. She encourages managers and employees to look for transformation in process improvements and the elimination of interdepartmental barriers. I encourage you to read the book to learn more, but you can hear the highlights of her advice by listening to the podcast of our conversation:

Podcast with Sue Meisinger 7/2/12

What is your organization doing to encourage creative breakthroughs?