What Does The West Virginia Wage Payment And Collection Act Require Of The Employer?

  • Have a payday at least once every two weeks. (Does not apply to railroad companies by special arrangement.)
  • Pay money in check or money order drawn on banks convenient to the place of work where arrangements have been made for cashing.
  • On discharge, pay all wages, including fringe benefits, within 72 hours of the last hour of employment.
  • On quitting, pay all wages, including fringe benefits, at the regular payday (except if one pay period's notice is given by the employee, all wages including fringe benefits must be paid at the time of quitting).
  • On lay­off or strike, pay all wages, including fringe benefits, at the next regular payday (except if requested by the employee all wages, including fringe benefits, must be paid by mail).
  • Notify employees in writing at the time of hiring of the rate of pay and of the day, hour and place of payment and thereafter of any changes.
  • Make known to all employees in writing or by accessible posted notice all employment practices and policies regarding vacation pay, sick leave and other fringe benefits.
  • Furnish each employee with an itemized statement of deductions made from the wages of each pay period.
Employers engaged in contraction work or the severance, production or transportation (excluding railroads and water transporters) of minerals, must have demonstrated the ability to pay all wages and fringe benefits due employees or must have posted a bond securing payment.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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