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Most WV state employees to move to biweekly pay

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Most West Virginia state employees will move from twice monthly to biweekly pay, beginning in May, after a vote by three government officials on Wednesday.

The Enterprise Resource Planning Board — made up of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, state Auditor Glen Gainer, and state Treasurer John Perdue — voted without discussion to lift a stay imposed Nov. 2 that delayed the second wave of employees being converted to biweekly pay.

That was after complaints from some state employees who believed they would be shorted money in the transition year and from legislative leaders who contended that the new system overpays employees by providing an extra, 27th paycheck roughly every 11 years.

“It’s time we adopt business practices that move us ahead,” Gainer said after the vote. The auditor noted that the vast majority of American corporations use biweekly pay…

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