Columbus– State Representatives Nan Baker (R-Westlake) and Jarrod B. Martin (R-Beavercreek) today introduced House Bill 320, a measure that would allow private companies to offer compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay.
“This proposal would provide more flexibility, allowing an employer to offer paid time off work if a prior agreement is arranged voluntarily between the employer and employee,” Baker said. “The intent of this legislation is to enable employers to provide a more family friendly work environment by providing options to their employees.”
Under current Ohio law, employers typically must pay their employees one and a half times their hourly wages for any overtime worked beyond 40 hours a week. This bill, when enacted may allow for an employee to be compensated at their regular rate of pay for any time they have previously accrued during the regular work week. In order for an employer to offer compensatory time instead of overtime pay, the employee must agree to it in writing. This legislation is a key component to “The Future of Ohio” package of proposals unveiled by House Republican members last month.
“The House Republican Caucus continues to offer real solutions to improve the business climate of the State of Ohio and attract employers and jobs,” Martin said. “Not only is this measure good for businesses, but it is also good for working families who need more flexibility within their schedule to take care of their families. This bill allows them to take time off during normal work hours and still be compensated when those unexpected family emergencies come up.”
Many of the proposals offered as part of “The Future of Ohio” package would come at a minimal cost to taxpayers when enacted, with long-term job creation, economic stimulus, and far greater revenue in state income than costs. Every job created by these proposals would have a multiplier effect on the local and state economy and would increase tax revenues for state and local government. The economic development proposals were drawn from discussions with constituents and small business owners across Ohio.
House Bill 320 is a companion bill to Senate Bill 17, introduced by State Senator Kevin Coughlin earlier this year.
“This bill will go a long way towards letting companies know that Ohio is one of the best states to open or locate a business,” Martin said.