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    I have been searching the internet for hours about the WV uniform law. I have found a couple of sites that state in WV if an employer requires a uniform, they are responsible for purchasing the uniform, but I can not find the direct law stating it. HELP PLEASE!!!!

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    What type of "uniform" are we talking about?
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    • #3
      I am talking about required attire for work. A uniform that requires the company's logo and your name printed on it.

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      • #4
        I know what a "uniform" is. I was asking because what some people think are "uniforms" do not meet the definition of "uniforms" for this purpose, because they are not restricted to the job; for example, black pants and a blue shirt would not be a "uniform" in this context. A logo'd shirt with your name on it likely would be a uniform, but plain black pants that you are required to wear with it are not.

        Here is the federal requirement regarding uniforms. As you can see, although it does state that the employer should pay for the uniform attire, it also states that the employer doesn't have to. Only that, if the employer does require the employee to pay, and deducts the cost from paychecks, such deduction cannot bring the employee below minimum wage.
        http://www.dol.gov/esa/regs/compliance/whd/whdfs16.htm

        West Virginia law is silent on this issue, so federal law applies.

        So, the short answer is, yes they may require that you pay because the law does not prohibit it. The only caveat is related to paycheck deductions for the cost.
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        • #5
          I see. But I found a couple of websites that state WV does have such law like this one

          http://www.findarticles.com/p/articl...8/ai_111170580

          It states
          "Although most states' uniform deduction laws simply reiterate the federal law, several states have additional provisions, such as prohibiting employers from making employees pay for required uniforms.

          For example, California, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Puerto Rico have provisions that could require employers to pay for all required uniforms and their maintenance. In Colorado and New Jersey, employers must provide required uniforms for certain industries and occupations free of charge to the employee. Illinois requires the employee's written consent for the employer to deduct for uniforms. Minnesota limits total uniform deductions to $50 for the length of a person's employment and requires the deduction to be refunded at termination."

          Personally, I can not find the law that states this, thats why I needed help finding it.

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          • #6
            Well, you're gonna have to look somewhere else, because here is the (apparently) entire West Virginia law regarding wage and hour and the word "uniform" appears nowhere in it.
            http://www.labor.state.wv.us/wage/laws.html
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