time and a half

noun

Definition of time and a half

: payment for work (such as overtime or holiday work) at one and a half times the worker's regular wage rate

Examples of time and a half in a Sentence

If they make you work during holidays, they pay you time and a half. We get paid 20 dollars an hour for 40 hours and time and a half for overtime.
Recent Examples on the Web For employees who did come back, Patel said he's offered to give them time and a half pay and housing for those whose homes were damaged. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Two days after Hurricane Laura, a McDonald's business owner gave away 10,000 free meals from a portable restaurant," 11 Sep. 2020 Hourly employees who choose to work will be paid time and a half. NBC News, "From Amazon to JPMorgan, here's the list of companies honoring Juneteenth," 19 June 2020 Stores will remain open and hourly workers will be paid time and a half. Grace Oldham, azcentral, "These Arizona businesses will observe Juneteenth as a company holiday. Here's what you need to know.," 18 June 2020 Some other districts are paying time and a half to employees who need to work outside their homes. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "Economic hit to Texas by the coronavirus has San Antonio area school districts bracing for budget cuts," 21 Apr. 2020 Edgewood ISD, like several other districts, has been paying essential hourly employees time and a half for working through the shutdown, depleting funds while next year’s raises and insurance contributions remain undecided. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio educators: our best efforts can’t stop coronavirus closures from hurting students," 4 Apr. 2020 Americans earning less than that amount will typically be paid time and a half for any work over 40 hours a week. Washington Post, "Trump administration expands overtime pay to 1M more workers," 24 Sep. 2019 Americans earning less than that amount will typically be paid time and a half for any work over 40 hours a week. CBS News, "Trump administration weakens plan to expand overtime pay," 24 Sep. 2019 Americans earning less than that amount will typically be paid time and a half for any work over 40 hours a week. Christopher Rugaber, chicagotribune.com, "New Trump rule makes 1.3 million more workers eligible for overtime pay," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of time and a half

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Time and a half.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20and%20a%20half. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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time and a half

noun

English Language Learners Definition of time and a half

: a rate of pay that is equal to what a worker usually earns for an hour plus half of that amount

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