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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants: West Virginia

Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Eric E. Kinder, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC


  • In West Virginia, contracts for employment greater than one year in duration must be in writing. See Employment Contracts.
  • Restrictive covenants must be reasonable and limited in time and scope. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • West Virginia has adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and enforces protection of proprietary information. See Trade Secrets.