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W.Va. employers may win extra time to pay ex-workers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia employers would get more time to pay fired workers under legislation headed to final passage.

The House voted 93-5 on Friday to extend their deadline from 72 hours to four business days or the next pay day, whichever comes first.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had included the proposal on his agenda this session. The Senate had amended it to include the four-day option after hearing both from labor groups and the Chamber of Commerce.

As delegates tweaked the Senate's language, senators must approve their amendment before it can go to the governor. The session ends Saturday.

Tomblin said that the current requirements can unnecessarily burden employers. Groups representing trial lawyers expressed concern that the change could hurt migrant farm workers in the Eastern Panhandle.


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