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, businesses and residents in West Virginia.
Many of the programs the Division operates is in the background and are nearly invisible to consumers, businesses and residents that benefit from the activities of the Division.
The Division conducts or provides oversight of elevator, boiler, amusement ride and amusement attraction, manufactured home and zipline inspections. The Division provides enforcement of the contractor licensing act for the Contractor Licensing Board at construction sites and issue cease & desist orders to unlicensed contractors. The Division also performs crane operator certification, HVAC technician certification and plumber certification inspections.
An OSHA grant allows the safety section to offer and provide employers an OSHA health and safety consultation and employee training program to eliminate job-site hazards. These are provided at no cost to the employer.
The wage & hour section ensures that employees receive all wages and benefits due and ensure the legal status of workers.
Our weights & measures programs certify 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, businesses and residents 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.
Quick Facts about West Virginia
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (as of December of 2018)
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Current Minimum Wage: $8.75/hr
Minimum Wage History