Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Kissing cousins

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has this article noting that two first cousins were recently married in Pennsylvania on their second attempt, having been refused a license the first time by the judge. I'm just glad it didn't happen here in West Virginia.

(In West Virginia, they would have just "shacked up.")

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Desktop Search for Image-only PDFs

Google Desktop Search has a new plug-in that enables you to search text found in image files including PDF, TIF, JPG, BMP, and Paperport. This is great if you have lots of scanned image-only PDFs on your desktop that you want to search. The plug-in uses ScanSoft's OCR and a very fast PDF indexing engine. It is a huge time saver.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

State Cracks Down on Bootleggers

Not the kind running moonshine, the kind with digital video cameras. According to this article at WOWK-13, the house of delegates and the senate judiciary commmittee have passed a bill that would make recording films at a theater with an audio-visual device a crime. With the anti-piracy legislation in place, theater management would have the right to detain individuals caught recording films until law enforcement arrives.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

WVU Football 2005

The new football schedule is here!

Sep 3/4 at Syracuse
Sep 10 Wofford
Sep 17 at Maryland
Sep 24 East Carolina
Oct 1 Virginia Tech
Oct 8 at Rutgers
Oct 15 Louisville
Oct 22 at South Florida
Nov 2 Connecticut
Nov 9 at Cincinnati
Nov 24 Pitt

The burning quesiton: Who is Wofford? The answer, they are the fighting terriers.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Firm to pay workers $14 million in back wages

According to this AP wire report a tentative settlement has been reached in the class action Wage Payment & Collection Act suit against ICT Group, Inc. This is disappointing for those of us who were hoping there would be a published appellate opinion regarding the viability of Cooper v. Glavas Contracting Co., 354 S.E.2d 822 (W.Va. 1987).

A literal reading of the WPCA would require an employer to pay an employee 30 days of full wages for leaving a nickel off of the employee's paycheck. The 1987 Cooper decision held that such an interpretation was untenable, and in a case where 2.5% of an employee's monthly wages were improperly withheld, the court awarded a like amount in liquidated damages. The circuit judge in the ICT case opted not to follow Cooper.

Although this article does not mention the actual amount of the underpayment to the 12,000 employees involved, I recall reading that it was in the neighborhood of $250,000. If that recollection is correct, the settlement was 59 times the actual back wages. Ouch. The WPCA is in desparate need of reform on the liquidated damages issue.