An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Let’s hope that a West Virginia state government planning board will decide to put an end to the ongoing flap about whether to switch more state employees from being paid twice a month to once every two weeks. The controversy has gone on long enough and enough time had been wasted debating the issue.
Really, how hard could it be to pay workers on a bi-weekly basis? A state employee works so many hours in a two-week period, and his or her hourly rate can be calculated, even if on a salary. Multiply hours by the hourly rate, figure in any overtime that may be applicable, and you’ve got how much they are owed.
That seems rather straightforward, a protocol that many businesses carry off without a hitch. It certainly seems simpler than paying employees twice a month, considering that the number of days in a month varies and the associated complications in figuring out overtime pay.
But the switch in the pay routine has been far from simple…