What do I need to know about unemployment?

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No, employers who do slow or cease operations will not be financially penalized for an increase in workers requesting unemployment benefits.

They should file their claim on-line (**preferred method**) through our Website at www.vec.virginia.gov after you have been out of work at least 1 full day.  If they do not have access to a computer, they can file your claim through our Customer Contact Center by calling 866-832-2363 Monday through Friday 8:15am – 4:30pm.  Their claim will be effective Sunday of the week in which they submit your on-line application or file through our Customer Contact Center.

Yes, they can file due to a reduction in hours. If their gross earnings is less than their weekly benefit amount.  Currently, the maximum weekly benefit amount in Virginia is $378.

Once your claim is processed by the VEC (Virginia Unemployment Commission), you will receive three important documents. The Benefit Rights document explains eligibility requirements and what you need to do each week to claim your benefits. The Monetary Determination document shows how much money you may be eligible to receive. You will also receive a PIN. You need the PIN to claim weekly benefits and to make inquiries about your claim.

Eligible employers can also request an advance of the Employee Retention Credit by submitting Form 7200.

Need to determine if you are eligible for unemployment and PUA? Check out this quick chart: VA UI and PUA Flowchart (5)-1

If you have employees that have been hire/rehired, paid during the COVID-19 pandemic or how have refused an offer to return to work use the form on this page to report it to the VEC.


Still have questions?  Request advising here.

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