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Businesses may get more time to pay fired workers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Legislature will consider a proposal from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to give businesses more time to pay laid-off or fired employees.

The bill introduced Friday would give employers until the next scheduled payday to pay discharged employees. Currently, employers must pay final wages within 72 hours of firing or laying off an employee. If they fail to pay on time they face penalties of three times the amount owed. Those penalties would not change.

In his State of the State address, Tomblin said forcing employers to re-run payroll every time an employee is discharged is a big hassle for small businesses.

The proposal was championed by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce in January.


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