The CARES Act & the Virginia Employment Commission

By July 6, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) launched an application site for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits program, which provides an additional 13 weeks of regular unemployment benefits to individuals who exhausted their regular benefits. The state already issued text and voice messages to more than 35,000 individuals who they identified as potentially eligible for the PEUC program.

Please be aware that this program applies to claims by individuals whose benefit year ended on July 6, 2019, or after, and that payments are scheduled to start next week. Payments will be retroactive with the first payable week for qualifying applicants being the week ending April 4, 2020. The final payable week for the PEUC program is the week ending December 26, 2020.

Moreover, the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUAC) program, which provides a supplemental $600 in weekly benefits to individuals who qualify for regular benefits. This additional payment will be automatically added to the weekly benefit amount. The final payable week for the supplemental $600 weekly payment is the week ending July 25, 2020.


Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.


Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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