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W.Va. Agency Withdraws Proposed Minimum Wage Rules


  Opposition from the business community has prompted the West Virginia Division of Labor to withdraw proposed emergency wage rules.

The Charleston Daily Mail reports that acting Labor Commissioner John Junkins cited employers’ concerns in a recent letter to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant asking to withdraw the rules.

The rules were related to the state’s new minimum wage law, which goes into effect Thursday.

West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steve Roberts tells the newspaper that the rules went beyond the law’s scope and conflicted with federal law.

Roberts also says employers wouldn’t have time to comply with the rules.

The law raises the $7.25 hourly minimum wage by 75 cents a year in January and by another 75 cents in January 2016.