back pay

  

Definition

Past wages and benefits (bonus, increment, overtime, etc.) to which an employee is entitled either because of a retroactive increase or employment practices (such as dismissal or denial of promotion) declared unlawful by a court or tribunal.

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  • The employee was due back pay for the commission sales they generated in the first quarter so we just cut a check.

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  • His paycheck was much larger than he normally got because he received some unexpected back pay after going salaried from hourly at his place of employment.

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  • Since you were promoted to your new position six months ago and still have not received your pay raise, you will receive your back pay in two weeks.

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