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 By doing so, the company failed to pay overtime wages at time and a half of employees' hourly rate of pay for hours exceeding 40 in a pay period, the U.S. DOL said in a news release. Detroit Free Press, 5 Feb. 2024 Some restaurants pay their employees time and a half; others rely on diners who tend to tip more aggressively on holidays. Carly Westerfield, Bon Appétit, 20 Nov. 2023 Nothing about the job was good, except the time and a half. Hazlitt, 20 Sep. 2023 So, as is only right, RuPaul is coughing up some more of that sweet fracking money to give the queens time and a half. Vulture, 7 Apr. 2022 Extras should be prepared for a 10-12 hour day and will receive overtime pay of time and a half. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 12 Sep. 2022 At that time, American agreed to pay pilots a 50% premium (time and a half) to cover reassignments. Noah Barsky, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Farmers will have to pay time and a half to workers who work over 55 hours a week beginning in 2023. oregonlive, 3 Mar. 2022 Nurses also earn time and a half on their base pay over 40 hours a week. Kris Maher, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of time and a half was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Time and a half.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20and%20a%20half. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

time and a half

: payment of a worker (as for working overtime) at one and one half times the regular wage rate

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