State wage payment laws generally provide for the intervals in which employees must be paid, and how and when they must be paid when they leave. Since the laws vary, and there are often harsh penalties for a violation, it is important for an Employer to know what their own state law demands.
In West Virginia, traditionally one of the harsher jurisdictions for wage payment, there was some good news this year. Employees who are fired must be paid their final paycheck within four business days of the involuntary termination. This may not sound like a long time, but the law used to mandate 72 hours, with no exception for business days. If an Employer waits too long, the penalty is 3 times the unpaid wages. The Employer may be on the hook for an employee’s legal fees as well.