COVID-19 & the Virginia Employment Commission

By April 1, 2020May 1st, 2020COVID-19

The CARES Act has been signed into law by the President and there are numerous provisions that affect the Unemployment Insurance Program. As a result of the CARES Act, associates who are not eligible under current state law such as gig economy workers, self-employed individuals, or workers paid by 1099 may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

In order to comply with the new coverage and benefits provisions in the CARES Act, all states, including Virginia, will implement significant changes to computer systems in order to get payments to individuals. States will work with the United States Department of Labor and will implement changes as quickly as possible. The federal government is preparing to issue detailed guidance on how states should proceed in the near future. Once the federal government issues guidance, it will take some time to develop and implement changes. Meanwhile, Virginia will work on these changes and will continue to process claims under existing state law. Furthermore, any additional benefit payments, such as the $600 supplement in the CARES Act, will be retroactive for eligible claimants as authorized by law. More information on these changes and other important announcements will be made at

Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any these 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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