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Senate Bill 294- Compulsory Direct Deposit of Wages

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Senate Bill 294, which was introduced on January 14, 2016, seeks to enact new law through which West Virginia employers may require their employees to be paid wages or salaries by direct deposit or electronic transfer, so long as, certain conditions are met including, but not limited to, the employee must have the ability to withdraw his/her entire net pay without having to pay a fee to the financial institution holding the account. Direct deposit and/or electronic transfer would not be required if it would violate a collective bargaining agreement or other labor contract. This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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