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Defining Your Goals and Starting the Business Succession Planning Process

If you want to know more about business succession planning, you've come to the right place. This blog is the second in a set of six designed to help small business owners understand the importance of the succession planning process. If you missed it, read the first in the series: "Business Succession Planning: The Key to Your Future."

WV Supreme Court: Rule 20 Spine Impairment Tables Should Have Been Applied to Determine Whole Body Medical Impairment

Employers and insurers should take immediate note of a recent West Virginia Supreme Court decision involving permanent total disability thresholds. Late last week, the Court issued its decision in Cooper v. Appalachian Power Company.

Whole Body Medical Impairment Threshold under Consideration by WV Supreme Court

Employers across the state of West Virginia are waiting for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to issue its decision in a case involving permanent total disability (PTD). Argued on February 14, 2017, the case involves the proper application of West Virginia Code § 23-4-6(n)(1), the West Virginia Code of State Rules § 85-20-64.1 (Rule 20), as well as the court's previous holding in Bowles v. The New West Virginia Mining Co., No. 14-1066 (July 9, 2015), as they relate to the required threshold of impairment for PTD.

House Bill 2145/Senate Bill 47 - Permitting Employers to Discriminate Against Tobacco Users

Since 1992, West Virginia has prohibited employers, public and private, from discriminating against any job applicant or employee in the "compensation, terms, conditions and privileges of employment" based on that individual's use of "tobacco products off the premises of the employer during nonworking hours."

House Bill 2159 - Establishing a Claim for Bullying in the Workplace

The issue of bullying has come front and center in recent years, especially with the widespread use of social media and the ability of a person or people to, either directly or anonymously, threaten, demean, or humiliate others.

House Bill 2301 - A Form of Concierge Medicine for West Virginia

In the 2006 Regular Legislative Session, the Legislature enacted the West Virginia Preventive Care Pilot Program, Chapter 16, Article 2J of the West Virginia Code. The purpose of the pilot program was to test the feasibility of patients obtaining direct primary and preventative care from healthcare providers for a pre-paid retainer outside of the traditional health insurance model.

House Bill 2006 - Enhanced Penalties for Retaliation Against Whistle-blowers

West Virginia has enacted legislation designed to protect "whistle-blower" employees of the State and its political subdivisions from retaliation and allows such an employee to bring a civil action for redress if the State or a political subdivision discharges, threatens or otherwise discriminates or retaliates against an employee because the employee makes a good faith report to the employer or an appropriate authority of instances of wrongdoing or waste by a governmental entity.

House Bill 2017 - Mandatory Overtime for Holiday Work

House Bill 2017 is the first introduced legislation of the 2017 Session to address West Virginia's Minimum Wage and Maximum Hour Standards. Specifically, HB 2017 seeks to require that if an employer, public or private, requires an employee to work a state holiday, then the employee is entitled to time and a half for working that day regardless of whether the employee has worked forty (40) hours in the work week.

House Bill 2202 - Expanding the Scope of Human Rights Commission Investigation

A person may file a claim with the West Virginia Human Rights Commission to allege that he or she was the victim of unlawful employment discrimination. By statute, the Commission is required to conduct an investigation into the allegations if the Commission has reason to believe that an unlawful discriminatory practice has been committed.

Senate Bill 224 - Eliminating Wage Payment Bonds for Some Employers

Senate Bill 224, introduced on February 9, 2017, seeks to eliminate entirely a required bond for certain employers in the construction and mining industries to secure payment of wages and benefits for employees.
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