is nothing but political gamesmanship,” Gainer said after the meeting. “Every
major employer in the (Kanawha) Valley pays this way.”
leaders have objected to the current biweekly plan over the bonus paycheck scenario,
which would cost an estimated $55 million when it next comes up in 2020.
Legislative auditors contend the additional paycheck would be illegal, since
state law prohibits paying state employees prior to their services being
interim meetings in October, Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, said of
biweekly pay: “We intend to pay every dime we owe every state employee … but we
don’t intend to find $4 million or $5 million (a year) in the state budget to
handle the decimal point.”
Gainer said Monday that the delay will cost taxpayers money by complicating
calculations of leave time and pensions.
don’t believe we did anything wrong,” he told the ERP board. “I believe we’re
being asked to chase pennies with dollars, and it will cost the taxpayers.”
issue with the current biweekly plan is that it divides the year into 26 14-day
pay periods, leaving the 365th day as a bonus day that legislative leaders
contend would result in state employees essentially being paid twice for the
on Monday provided a display showing that the Legislature’s plan to incorporate
the 365th day by calculating pay periods of 26.08928571 days also overpays
salaried employees while complicating pension and leave time calculations.
a hypothetical employee with a salary of $27,990, under the current biweekly
plan, the employee comes up $179 short in the transition year, and gets an
extra paycheck of $1,076 in 2020, for an additional $897 overall.
the legislative plan, Gainer said, that employee is shorted $234 in the
transition year and $95 each year afterward, but gets $977 of additional pay in
2020, for an additional $359 overall.
also noted that the ERP Board approved the transition to biweekly pay more than
two years ago, following recommendations of a 15-member steering committee that
included representatives of the Legislature who endorsed the change.
changed between Oct. 7, 2013 and today, other than political change in the
Legislature?” Gainer asked.
John Perdue made the motion to delay the second wave of employees set to switch
to biweekly pay in December.
who is expected to be named as party in an employee grievance filed by 24
Division of Highways employees who contend they were shorted pay during the
first wave that switched 9,000 employees to biweekly pay, first called for the
delay in September.
ERP Board, created to oversee implementation of the state’s $123 million
wvOasis supercomputer, is made up of the governor, auditor and treasurer.