Time and a Half definition

Time-and-a-half refers to paying employees 1.5 times their normal rate – it is a form of overtime pay, associated with workers paid by the hour rather than salaried workers. Time-and-a-half is used to incentivise working during periods that workers will naturally want off, such as bank holidays, Christmas Day and the Easter weekend. In some countries, time-and-a-half is combined with other incentives for working public holidays – the employee may get the time off as well, to be taken at a later date.

Some days are considered to be worthy of double time pay, or payment at twice the normal hourly rate. In the public sector, time-and-a-half rules may be mandated by the Government.

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