Virginia Unemployment Insurance Updated Claim Filing Procedures – New Posting Required

Virginia Unemployment Insurance Notice to WorkersThe Virginia Employment Commission is promoting the use of its online services for unemployment insurance claims and moving away from the use of in-person services. Specifically, the department has released an updated Unemployment Insurance Notice to Workers. The new posting includes an updated web address for filing a claim for benefits online.  The posting also clarifies that online registration for work is required and provides the current website for work registration.  References to in-person claim filing at a local VEC office has been removed from the posting. The Customer Contact Center is still available to process claims and respond to claimants via telephone.

In order to receive Virginia Unemployment Insurance benefits, claimants must meet all eligibility requirements during each week claimed:

  1. Be unemployed.
  2. File an application for benefits, online or by calling the VEC Customer Contact Center.
  3. Meet monetary eligibility requirements.
  4. Report all work and earnings.
  5. Be able to work and available for work.
  6. Register for work online.
  7. Make an active search for work each week. 
  8. Report any refusal of job offers.
  9. File a Weekly Request for Payment of Benefits in a timely manner. 

It is important to follow procedures carefully. Claimants have certain responsibilities and time limits such as a waiting period, a deadline for registering for work, making weekly job contacts, filing the first and subsequent weekly requests for payment of benefits, and appealing a determination. More information is available online at www.

Virginia employers must post the updated Unemployment Insurance Notice to Workers. Update options:

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