WBEZ | overtime http://www.wbez.org/tags/overtime Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Will Working Families Flexibility Act hurt local employees? http://www.wbez.org/news/will-working-families-flexibility-act-hurt-local-employees-107088 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Working Families Flexibility_130508_sh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Alyssa Carabez has been working at restaurants to put herself through school. Her job regularly scheduled her to work when she was suppose to be in school, forcing her to make a difficult choice between missing class or getting fired.</p><p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1406/text">The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013</a>&nbsp;wich was&nbsp;passed in the U.S. House of Represenatives and is on it&#39;s way to the Senate, sounds like the sort of thing that would help her balance education and a job. The bill allows employers to give their workers comp time instead of overtime pay, as long as the worker agrees.</p><p dir="ltr">But many workers worry they&rsquo;ll be pressured by employers to take the comp time and sacrifice overtime pay.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know if other workers would feel comfortable given the intimidation behind it,&rdquo; said Carabez.</p><p dir="ltr">Melissa Josephs is a policy director at Chicago&rsquo;s Women Employed. She says since the employer must approve when the comp time is taken, the employees won&rsquo;t necessarily be able to use it when they need it.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;[Workers] may wind up not only not getting the money they deserve, but they might not even get the comp time,&rdquo; says Josephs.</p><p dir="ltr">Josephs also says the law would be difficult to enforce. Only about 6% of private sector employees are unionized and the Department of Labor is already strained to follow up on worker complaints.</p><p><em>Shannon Heffernan is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://www.twitter.com/shannon_h">@</a><a href="http://www.twitter.com/shannon_h">shannon</a>_h</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Correction: This report previously reported that the legislation had passed the U.S. Congress; however, it has only passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Corrections have been made in the text.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/will-working-families-flexibility-act-hurt-local-employees-107088 Bears get Tebowed in overtime http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/bears-get-tebowed-overtime-94820 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-12/BearsBroncos AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Professional sports has another kind of paywall--salary caps. They limit how much teams can spend on player salaries and can make it difficult for sports teams to change things up or keep them the same. So when players become free agents and head onto the sports market, things can get a bit nutty. Such was the case in the basketball world last Friday with the beginning of free agent signing. The <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/" target="_blank">Chicago Bulls</a> have been looking for a shooting guard to help out star player Derrick Rose; and they may have landed an interesting catch. Meanwhile the<a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/index.html" target="_blank"> Chicago Bears</a> could have used someone to help them during Sunday’s last-minute defeat to the <a href="http://www.denverbroncos.com/" target="_blank">Denver Broncos</a>. WBEZ's regular sports reporter, Cheryl Raye-Stout, joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to give insight on both the Bears and the Bulls.</p><p><em>Music Button: Fort Knox Five, "Blowing Up The Spot", from the album The New Gold Standard, (Fort Knox)</em></p></p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 14:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-12/bears-get-tebowed-overtime-94820