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West Virginia Employers Now Allowed to Recover Costs of Unreturned Property

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Changes to the West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act mean employers have a new option for recovering the cost of items not returned by employees upon separation of employment.

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Before House Bill 2546, which went into effect on May 15, restrictions on deductions from paychecks limited an employer’s options when a departing employee didn’t return employer-provided property, such as uniforms, cell phones, laptops, and tools. Employers were limited to requesting the return of the items or seeking relief in the judicial system.

The new law permits employers to withhold or deduct from

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