McCuskey promises legal action against state contractor if damages for payroll issues are not paid

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Auditor JB McCuskey has said the state government will once again have to manually enter information for more than 37,000 state employees before they receive their first paychecks in 2022.

Auditor JB McCuskey

Kronos, the private company the state has contracted to administer the state’s time and leave management system, has yet to fix what was affected by a recent ransomware attack.

“We’re going to start over next payday,” McCuskey said in an appearance Friday on MetroNews “Talkline”. “We feel fully capable of doing it again. It’s going to be a real pain in the back, but we’re going to hold Kronos accountable for what they did.

The ransomware attack on Kronos, now known as the UKG, affected 140 state agencies. Some state employees received paper checks on Friday.

McCuskey said the state has previously warned UKG that it plans to sue unless the company reimburses the state for damages, including the hundreds and hundreds of total hours that state staff have taken. dedicated to manually entering payroll information.

“We will sue them unless they provide us with the damages that we specifically ask for,” McCuskey said. “We’ve noticed them already on our intention to sue and the causes of action and likely damage so they know where we are.”

McCuskey said he remained grateful for the work done over the past two weeks when many state employees were on vacation.

“They stepped in and made sure everyone was taken care of on their last pay of the year.”

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