Notwithstanding any provision in this chapter to the contrary and notwithstanding any provision in section five, article five, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to the contrary, in any situation where an employer objects to a decision or action of the executive director made under the provisions of this article, the employer is entitled to file a petition demanding a hearing upon the decision or action. The petition must be filed within thirty days of the employer's receipt of notice of the disputed executive director's decision or action or, in the absence of such receipt, within sixty days of the date of the executive director's making the disputed decision or taking the disputed action, the time limitations being hereby declared to be a condition of the right to litigate the decision or action and therefore jurisdictional.
The employer's petition shall clearly identify the decision or action disputed and the bases upon which the employer disputes the decision or action. Upon receipt of a petition, the executive director shall schedule a hearing which shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of article five, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. An appeal from a final decision of the executive director shall be taken in accord with the provisions of articles five and six of said chapter: Provided, That all appeals shall be taken to the circuit court of Kanawha County.