Meaning of portal-to-portal pay

por'tal-to-por'tal pay'

Pronunciation: (pôr'tl-tu-pôr'tl, pōr'tl-tu-pōr'tl), [key]
  1. 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.
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