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Big overhaul of overtime and wage law may be coming

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That little old law that employers love to hate may be in for a shake-up, one that you just might enjoy.

Political winds seem to be blowing strong enough, and in the right direction, to make long-needed improvements to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Business groups say the FLSA, enacted in 1938, is too complex and no longer relevant to the workplace. Here's a look at the issues Congress may tackle this year and the continuing problems employers face in trying to comply with the law.

Comp time

Only public-sector employees now have the option to choose compensatory time off instead of overtime pay, but a push to extend that right to the private sector has a good chance of passing.

Just as with cash payments for overtime, public workers who have this benefit are entitled to an hour and a half of comp-time off for every hour of overtime worked.

The Labor Department and several courts say current la...(register to read more)

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