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Deciding on the Type of Business Ownership Transition: Internal, External, or Closure?

Business succession planning is a process. It takes time to define your goals and structure your plan to best achieve those goals. This blog is the third in a series of six designed to help small business owners make important decisions about business ownership transition.

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."

MORE WEST VIRGINIA EMPLOYEES MAY SOON BE DRUG TESTED

Employers in West Virginia may soon get more freedom to drug test their employees. That is the intent of the "West Virginia Safer Workplaces Act," which passed the House of Delegates on March 23, 2017, and is now awaiting action in the Senate.

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.

Business Succession Planning: The Key to Your Future

When you are ready to retire, will your business be ready? Many small business owners look forward to retirement-to unplanned days and more time with loved ones-only to learn that their dreams are hindered by a lack of timely business succession planning.

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.
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