feath·er·bed·ding /'fe-t̲h̲ər-ˌbe-diŋ/ n [from the notion of making oneself comfortable through the receipt of excessive or unjustified compensation for little or no work]: the unfair labor practice of causing an employer to pay for services which are not performed (as by requiring more workers than necessary) see also labor management relations act in the important laws section

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

A practice by employees of increasing or maintaining the number of workers required to perform a task or the time allotted to do a specific job in an effort to protect job security, especially against the threat of technology.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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