Unemployment benefits; eligibility criteria. (SB1401)

Introduced By

Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unemployment benefits; eligibility criteria.  Provides that certain individuals who have exhausted eligibility for unemployment benefits and who are enrolled in approved training programs are eligible for up to 26 weeks of additional benefits. The measure also provides that an individual who voluntarily separates from employment is not disqualified from receiving unemployment compensation benefits if the separation is for a compelling family reason, which is defined as domestic violence, the illness or disability of a member of the individual's immediate family; or the need for the individual to accompany such individual's spouse to a place from which it is impractical for such individual to commute and due to a change in location of the spouse's employment. A provision allowing individuals to receive unemployment benefits if they voluntarily leave employment to follow a military spouse assigned to a new duty station, which provision will become effective only if the federal government appropriates adequate funds specifically for the purpose of paying benefits to such individuals, is repealed. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/18/2011Presented and ordered printed 11104053D
01/18/2011Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/31/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1401)
02/07/2011Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendment (11-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Read second time
02/08/2011Reading of amendment waived
02/08/2011Committee amendment agreed to
02/08/2011Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1401E
02/08/2011Printed as engrossed 11104053D-E
02/08/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2011Passed Senate (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2011Placed on Calendar
02/10/2011Read first time
02/10/2011Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/10/2011Assigned C & L sub: #1
02/11/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1401E)
02/15/2011Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/22/2011Left in Commerce and Labor


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 3 minutes.