portal-to-portal pay

[ pawr-tl-tuh-pawr-tl, pohr-tl-tuh-pohr-tl ]
/ ˈpɔr tl təˈpɔr tl, ˈpoʊr tl təˈpoʊr tl /


payment, as to a miner or factory worker, that includes compensation for time spent on the employer's premises in preparation for a work shift, in travel from the entrance to the assigned work area and back, etc.: Because workers must change their clothes and pick up tools prior to the work shift, they are demanding portal-to-portal pay.

Nearby words

  1. portal lobule of liver,
  2. portal system,
  3. portal vein,
  4. portal-systemic encephalopathy,
  5. portal-to-portal,
  6. portamento,
  7. portance,
  8. portative,
  9. portative organ,
  10. portcullis

Origin of portal-to-portal pay

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45

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