(a) In lieu of lawful money of the United States, any person, firm or corporation may compensate employees for services by cash order which may include checks or money orders on banks convenient to the place of employment where suitable arrangements have been made for the cashing of the checks by employees for the full amount of wages.
(b) Whenever a person, firm or corporation discharges an employee, the person, firm or corporation shall pay the employee's wages in full no later than the next regular payday or four business days, whichever comes first. Payment shall be made through the regular pay channels or, if requested by the employee, by mail. For purposes of this section, "business day" means any day other than Saturday, Sunday or any legal holiday as set forth in section one, article two, chapter two of this code.
(c) Whenever an employee quits or resigns, the person, firm or corporation shall pay the employee's wages in full no later than the next regular payday. Payment shall be made through the regular pay channels or, if requested by the employee, by mail. However, if the employee gives at least one pay period's written notice of intention to quit, the person, firm or corporation shall pay all wages earned by the employee at the time of quitting.
(d) When work of any employee is suspended as a result of a labor dispute, or when an employee for any reason whatsoever is laid off, the person, firm or corporation shall pay in full to the employee not later than the next regular payday, either through the regular pay channels or by mail if requested by the employee, wages earned at the time of suspension or layoff.
(e) If a person, firm or corporation fails to pay an employee
wages as required under this section, the person, firm or
corporation, in addition to the amount which was unpaid when due,
is liable to the employee for three times that unpaid amount as
liquidated damages. Every employee shall have a lien and all other
rights and remedies for the protection and enforcement of his or
her salary or wages, as he or she would have been entitled to had
he or she rendered service therefor in the manner as last employed;
except that, for the purpose of liquidated damages, the failure
shall not be deemed to continue after the date of the filing of a
petition in bankruptcy with respect to the employer if he or she is
adjudicated bankrupt upon the petition.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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