CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State workers would be paid every other week instead of twice of month in a bill introduced at the legislature.

The governor’s bill would change the current pay distribution system. State Auditor Glen Gainer said the change is long overdue.

“Wage and hour law in West Virginia actually requires employers to pay bi-weekly. However, when that change was made we did not have the ability with our existing payroll system to pay bi-weekly,” Gainer said.

State workers are now paid at the middle and end of months. Getting paid every two weeks would provide three paydays in a few months each year.

The bill only changes two words in current state law.

“We’re saying we’ll pay no less than twice a month, which will allow us to fall in comfortable with everybody else,” Gainer said.

The bill is currently before the Senate Government Organization Committee.


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  • superman

    So does that mean When we work 100 hours in 2 weeks will have 20 hours of overtime.because now we get paid a hundred hours straight time in 2 weeks if I pay day falls in the middle of the week training on the month having 30 or 31 days we are paid on the 15th or 16th of the month

  • superman

    When will this start..

  • dana

    This is horrible ! The exact same thing happened where I worked years ago and it lasted exactly one month because employees did not have enough to live on. It's astounding how many people don't seem to understand what this change means. It can be like a drastic pay cut and most will have a huge problem waiting for the two months that will contain an extra pay.

  • Rick

    Works out great for my wife and I. She gets a check one Friday, and I get a check the next.

  • Paula

    I cannot afford to make any less a month and still pay my bills. Leave the system alone.

  • Joseph Mills

    Although I understand why this change is wanted, I believe that many state employees budgets are already set. This change will really put a bind on the way I'm set to pay my bills currently.

  • not financially sound

    ALL this will do is increase pay processing costs--just what we need you idiot legislators when you are facing a 7.5% decrease in revenues. Just keep spending and coming up with more ideas to increase government. Way to go.

  • cutty77

    At our Company we get paid the 10th and the 25th. The reasons most Companys do this is to hold on to your money as long as the can,because they draw interest off it. And if either day ends on a Sunday, we don't get paid untill Monday. I myself would like it every 2 weeks,just to keep My Money in My Hands more often. I TRUST NOBODY WITH MY MONEY.

  • State Worker

    For me personally I will have $274 less per month than I have now for 10 months of the year. Yes the extra payday for the 2 months will be nice, but I really can't afford to take that much of a cut for the other 10 months of the year.

  • State worker

    If they now have the ability to pay every other week then they should have the ability to give us our increment checks on the correct day which is July 1. We should not have to wait until July 30 to get them then.

  • John McCullough

    A long, hard look needs to be taken regarding the bi-weekly pay proposal. The real impact on many state employees could be far more negative than positive, especially in terms of actual monthly take-home pay. For the majority of months, that take-home pay will be less than under the current system. Any change in the system should benefit the employees who are served by it; this proposal will not provide any real benefit.

    • State Worker

      For me personally I will have $300 less per month than I have now for 10 months out of the year. Yes the extra payday for the 2 months will be nice, but I really can't afford to take that much of a pay cut for the other 10 months of the year. For most state workers a $300 difference is a lot. Maybe not for those who make the decisions, but they never have the little guys best interest at heart anyway.

  • Gigi

    Will it require more people in the Auditor's office? If so, I am for it - maybe I can get a job working for Mr. G. We need to hire more people to work for the government.

    • Cindy

      That's not how the state works. Every state agency I've worked for has required us to do the same amount of matter how many people are there to do the work. The people leave & they only replace 1-2 when it's gets to the desperation point of drowning after months. If it does require more work...they don't care. Get 'er done. That's their motto.

  • okay

    I really like this idea as a state worker. People are whining about having to re arrange their bill payment schedule- all you have to do is call the company to change it.

    I think this will make it easier in the long run, I would rather have more pays a year than the current system.

    And be glad that you have the job that you have! So many people don't get the great benefits that we get working for the state. (Though I do feel for folks who work at the DMV, that has to suck. I'm sorry.)

    • syd

      Wrong. It makes it impossible to set up. If you have your mortgage and car payment (for example)automatically taken out on certain dates, you can set that date so one comes out from the first paycheck and the other from the second.

      You can't do that with biweekly pay periods. The dates you get paid will change every month.

      • State Employee

        So you're saying mortgage and car payment companies have no option for payments made every two weeks? Your full payment cannot be split and have two due dates? Or, pay your first payment in full, then start sending money every two week. They wont send it back, they apply it to your account and you pay off your loan earlier.

        That's how I got out of credit card debt.

      • okay

        So people with normal jobs with bi-weekly pay can't pay their mortgage or car payment?

        • State worker

          Sure they can. That is because you know when you are going to get paid. State workers have set them up based on how we are paid now. What if your company decided to go to a different pay date. You would complain too.

    • Less Money

      Do you realize that 10 months out of the year you will be bringing home less money? Example: If your current salary is $24,000 /yr, your salary $1000 / pay period.

      With the new proposed pay system you will still make $24,000 / yr., however your monthly total will fall to $923.07 / pay period for 10 months out of the year. Yes you will have two months when you will draw this amount 3 times, however, can you afford a $77 /per pay period decrease for the other 10?

      • WhgFeeling

        WOW Mr. Mathmatician your brilliant. You will recieve the same amount of money throughout the year. Get over it and be thankful for the job you have.

      • Aaron

        You'll be paid 26 times versus 24.

  • WhgFeeling

    Wow after reading many of the comments I see why state employees get such a bad wrap for not being the smartest.......

  • Cindy

    I work for state as well. I'd like to know if they'll continue to take health insurance out of one pay check or if they'll take it out if every paycheck. My check that it comes out of takes a hard enough hit as is without it being a smaller check to begin with. That's s my problem with it. I can change my bill schedule around.

    As for the pay know what will happen now...that $21 extra a pay will go towards the health insurance premium raise that will more than likely happen in July. That's usually how it works.