work·​week | \ ˈwərk-ˌwēk How to pronounce workweek (audio) \

Definition of workweek

: the hours or days of work in a calendar week 40-hour workweek a 5-day workweek a shortened workweek

Examples of workweek in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That means thousands could still be without power as a new workweek starts and as school is set to begin in Salt Lake City School District. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Power still out for about 5,500 Utah customers five days after storm," 13 Sep. 2020 Keeping people working Under Kurzarbeit, employers can reduce workers’ hours to any fraction of a normal workweek and pay accordingly. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "Germany’s recipe for lockdown: Reduced hours, not layoffs," 2 July 2020 Dubovec said the city is projected to save $466,928 by transitioning to a four-day workweek in June, July and August. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Strongsville switches to four-day workweek, furloughs some employees, due to decline in income tax collections," 20 June 2020 Such workers aren't enjoying shortened workweeks as they are replaced by software. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Billionaire Jack Ma, booster of 12-hour days, now says AI will allow 12-hour weeks," 30 Aug. 2019 Under California law, employees must receive 1 1/2 times the regular rate of pay for all hours worked over eight hours in any workday and over 40 hours in the workweek. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, "Did CBS backpedal on overtime pay plan? Why assistants are fuming," 31 Mar. 2020 Antoine alleges that when restaurant staffers worked over 8 or 12 hours in a work day or more than 40 hours in a workweek they were not properly compensated. Robyn Merrett,, "Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd Accused in Class Action Lawsuit of Not Paying Their Eateries' Employees," 8 Jan. 2020 Church services, family dinners and weekly happy hours help punctuate the traditional workweek, while events like March Madness and outdoor festivals welcome the springtime from the frost. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "'God is bigger than this.' How Louisville is adjusting to a 'new normal' amid coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 The workweek is expected to end with mostly sun and temperatures reaching 30 Thursday and 35 Friday., "The weekend began below freezing in Boston, but temperatures are expected to vault into the 50s to start the workweek, according to the National Weather Service.," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of workweek

1892, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2020

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“Workweek.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of workweek

US : the total amount of hours or days that you spend working at a job in one week

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