But Todd Childers, project director for a new computer system that would combine all the state's payroll systems, said his staff has figured out a way to get around this problem:
Make the switch in February.
The shortest month of the year would include two paydays, under both the bi-weekly and semi-monthly systems. State employees would see a slight dip in their paychecks during that month, but would eventually make up the difference.
Employees would receive one additional check from the state after leaving their job, with some of the funds deducted "because we fronted you that money in February."
Childers presented the idea to members of the West Virginia Enterprise Resource Planning Board on Thursday. The board, which manages the implementation of the new computer system, known as wvOASIS, did not make a decision on Childers' plan, but moved to put it on next months' agenda.
Childers said the state might need lawmakers to pass a bill before it could move to a bi-weekly pay schedule.
West Virginia University and the state Department of Transportation made the switch years ago without a code change, but Childers said state law still requires government workers to receive two paychecks a month.
He said his office already has legislation drafted that would add two words to the bill — changing it to "at least" two paychecks — and allow for the pay schedule changes.