Unemployment compensation; benefits, suitable work. (HB5054)

Introduced By

Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unemployment compensation; benefits; suitable work. Provides that under specific conditions related to COVID-19 work will not be deemed suitable and benefits will not be denied to any otherwise eligible individual for refusing to accept new work (i) if the individual has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and has been advised by a health care professional not to attend work; (ii) if a member of the individual's household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or the individual is providing care for a family member or a member of his household with COVID-19; (iii) if during the COVID-19 pandemic the individual is an elevated risk of severe illness from the COVID-19 virus; (iv) if the individual is the primary caregiver for a child or other individual in his household who is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the individual requires the school or facility in order to work and is unable to find a reasonable alternative; or (v) if the individual has a reasonable belief that his workplace is not in compliance with the Department of Labor and Industry's standards for the prevention of COVID-19. Read the Bill »

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Bill Has Failed


08/17/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 08/18/20 20200630D
08/17/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
11/09/2020Left in Labor and Commerce


Anna writes:

This is so necessary as I have taken many interviews and even accepted some offers in places where masks have been optional. Employment opportunities maybe out there but some businesses are not taking the virus serious putting everyone at risk. Even patrons that have no idea there items are prepared without a mask or gloves.