Definition of "featherbedding"
  1. The practice of forcing an employer to pay for work that isn't actually being done, for example, by needing more employees than what is necessary
How to use "featherbedding" in a sentence
  1. The union was accused of featherbedding by insisting the company hire more workers than needed for the project.
  2. To avoid accusations of featherbedding, the foreman ensured that every worker on the crew had a clear and necessary role to fill.
  3. Some companies include measures in their contracts to guard against featherbedding, like clauses that define necessary staffing levels.

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