Here’s a look at some recent NFIB victories in West Virginia.
Right-to-Work Law Upheld in WV Supreme Court
NFIB worked hard on behalf of its members to help pass West Virginia’s right-to-work law in 2016. On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, the state Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of West Virginia’s right-to-work law, overturning a Kanawha Circuit Court ruling. Organized labor has argued allowing non-union workers to work in union shops represents an illegal taking on union resources since the workers would be covered by any collective-bargaining agreements the union negotiates.
Workers’ Compensation Deficit Surcharge Terminated
During the 2018 legislative session, the West Virginia Legislature enacted HB 4628 that terminates the West Virginia Deficit Reduction Surcharge effective January 1, 2019. West Virginia workers’ compensation policies will no longer be assessed the 9% deficit surcharge after December 31, 2018. The West Virginia Regulatory premium surcharge will remain in effect on all workers’ compensation policies at 5%. The Regulatory surcharge applicability remains unchanged.
Removal of Sales Tax Exemption on Professional Services
NFIB led the fight and won a major victory on stopping the expansion of sales tax to professional services. Lifting the exemption on professional services would have amounted to a tax increase on West Virginia’s small businesses.