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July 2017 Archives

West Virginia's new drug testing law takes effect on Friday

Starting this Friday, West Virginia employers will have much more leeway to test their employees for illegal drugs- but only if they also institute new procedural safeguards. That is because this Friday, July 7th, marks the effective date for the West Virginia Safer Workplace Act.

Compensability of WV Work Release Inmate Workers' Comp Claim Rejected

Many people wonder whether inmates who are injured while on work release are entitled to recover workers' compensation. In West Virginia (WV), the typical legal answer applies: It depends. In fact the WV Supreme Court of Appeals recently addressed the compensability of an inmate workers' comp claim for a work release inmate who was performing work for a state agency when he was injured. The case is Crawford v. West Virginia Department of Corrections.