Workers who have recently lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced could be qualified for unemployment benefits. Information in general and changes relating to job loss due COVID-19 can be found at http://www.vec.virginia.gov. Special provisions were passed due to COVID-19. In Virginia, these include:
- The regular one week waiting period to receive benefits is suspended
- The requirement to conduct a weekly job search is also suspended
- Effective as of March 15, 2020.
- Gather the following information:
- Your Social Security Number (SSN)
- Your employer’s name, address, telephone number and dates of all employment within the last 18 months
- Name, number and contact details of any union to which you belong
- Your Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
- Banking account information for payment.
- File new claims online with the Virginia Workforce Connection at https://www.vawc.virginia.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx or call 1-866-832-2363 (M-F between 8:15a and 4:30p).
- Once you have completed your application, you will receive a PIN and instructions for receiving benefits.
Click UNEMPLOYED to start your online application. Choose Laid Off / Reduction in Force as the reason for your COVID-19 related job loss.
- CARES Act
- Q&A on Claims Related to Coronavirus [Virginia Employment Commission]
- FAQ’s – General Unemployment Insurance [Virginia Employment Commission]
- Community Awareness Podcast: How to File Unemployment Insurance During the COVID-19 Pandemic [Virginia Career Works]