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Acting Commissioner John R. Junkins Acting Deputy Commissioner Mitch Woodrum

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Operating under the umbrella of the West Virginia Department of Commerce, the Division of Labor is a multi-faceted and diverse state agency that touches nearly every aspect of the lives of consumers and businesses in West Virginia.

Many of the programs in the Labor Division operate in the background, and may be nearly invisible to the state citizens and businesses that benefit from the activities of the Division.  

To name just a few of these important programs, the Labor Division conducts elevator, boiler and amusement ride inspections, inspects manufactured homes, and provides state employers an OSHA health and safety program to eliminate job-site hazards.  The Wage & Hour section ensures that WV workers receive all the wages and benefits that are due them.
Through its Contractor Licensing program, the Labor Division verifies contractor licenses at job sites and issues cease & desist orders to unlicensed contractors, crane operators and plumbers.  Inspectors also work with contractors to obtain required licenses and investigate job sites in the state to ensure the legal status of workers.

Our Weights & Measures program certifies the accuracy of all commercial weighing and measuring devices used by manufacturers and producers in order that West Virginia products can be sold at home and abroad, as well as ensuring the accuracy of consumer purchases by checking all gas pumps, grocery scales, retail scanners, package net weights; even the quality of the motor fuel you purchase.

With its many programs that protect consumers and businesses throughout West Virginia, you may be surprised to find that a lot of what you take for granted every day is guaranteed by the West Virginia Division of Labor.


Effective January 1, 2015, the minimum wage for West Virginia workers HAS INCREASED TO $8.00 PER HOUR for all employers having 6 or more employees.

Click here for the Minimum Wage Poster


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