Virginia Unemployment Benefits Update
Dear WANADA Members,
Earlier this week, Gov. Ralph Northam
several important changes to the
unemployment benefits process
in Virginia. The governor waived the one-week waiting period to begin
, and has also waived the standard job-search requirements normally needed to qualify.
The governor's office also created a helpful
Frequently Asked Questions
page related to the eligibility expansion, and it is a useful read for employers and employees alike.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
and the governor's FAQ page, workers who were laid off from their Virginia-based job may now qualify for unemployment benefits if:
- their employer needs to "temporarily slow or cease operations due to the coronavirus outbreak";
- they have been issued a notice to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official and are not receiving paid sick or medical leave from their employer; or
- they must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from their employer.
We believe that the unemployment claims around paid family medical leave can serve as a bridge for affected Virginia workers until the federal
Families First Act
goes into effect on April 2.
WANADA President and CEO