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featherbedding

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noun feath·er·bed·ding \-ˌbe-diŋ\

Definition of featherbedding

  1. :  the requiring of an employer usually under a union rule or safety statute to hire more employees than are needed or to limit production



1921

First Known Use of featherbedding

1921


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featherbedding

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noun feath·er·bed·ding \ˈfe-thər-ˌbe-diŋ\

Legal Definition of featherbedding

  1. :  the unfair labor practice of causing an employer to pay for services which are not performed (as by requiring more workers than necessary) — see also Labor Management Relations Act



Origin of featherbedding

from the notion of making oneself comfortable through the receipt of excessive or unjustified compensation for little or no work


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