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West Virginia Overtime: What You Need to Know

As an employee in the state of West Virginia, you are covered by a variety of employment laws. For example, employers are required to pay hourly employees 1 ½ times their normal pay rate for any hours worked in excess of 40 in one workweek. (WV Code Sec. 21-5C-3(a)). As an alternative, employers can give hourly employees 1 ½ hours off work in lieu of paid overtime.

Recently enacted legislation also provides overtime pay for salaried employees in certain situations.

Injured Workers Deserve Full Compensation

While it is true that most workers injured on the job can collect workers’ compensation benefits for their injuries, WV law also allows an injured worker to file a lawsuit against their employer in certain situations. 

If an employer exposes an employee to a known workplace hazard, they may be able to bring a claim for personal injury damages in addition to workers compensation benefits.   The law in this area is complex, and workers need to know they have rights when it comes to serious workplace injuries.  

Planning Your Holiday Getaway

If you are planning a family getaway for this December, planning is key to making the trip fun and stress-free for everyone. Here’s a few tips when traveling with little ones:

Send Gifts Ahead.  Traveling by plane to Grandma’s for Christmas? Ship presents ahead of time. Better yet, if you shop online, have the gifts shipped to a relative who can wrap them for you. Staying at a rental? Call the agency to ask about shipping policies.

There Are Many Forms of Distracted Driving and All Are Dangerous!

According to government statistics, more than a 1,000 people are injured each year because of distracted driving. Distracted driving is considered anything that takes the driver’s attention away from their vehicle or the road. This can include:

Visual Distractions: Taking your eyes off the road

Manual Distractions: Removing your hands from the steering wheel

Mental Distractions:  Taking your mind off driving