Unemployment benefits; volunteer service requirement, report. (HB219)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton), Del. John O'Bannon (R-Richmond), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unemployment benefits; volunteer service requirement; study; report.  Provides that eligibility for unemployment benefits is contingent upon the claimant's performance of at least 24 hours per week of volunteer service with a nonprofit charitable organization. This requirement does not apply during the first eight weeks of eligibility. The Virginia Employment Commission may waive or alter the requirement in certain cases or situations. The measure also directs the Commission on Unemployment Compensation to conduct a study of changes to the existing unemployment compensation system that will ensure that claimants remain engaged in the workforce while receiving benefits and that unemployment benefits do not serve as a disincentive to finding employment. Possible changes to be studied include conditioning eligibility for benefits on performing community or volunteer service, enrolling in job training or educational programs, or relocating to areas with greater employment opportunities. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100553D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2012Assigned C & L sub: #1
01/23/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB219)
02/07/2012Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2013
02/09/2012Continued to 2013 in Commerce and Labor
11/29/2012Left in Commerce and Labor