Unemployment compensation; amends various provisions regarding compensation. (SB548)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unemployment compensation. Amends various provisions regarding unemployment compensation and the Virginia Employment Commission. The bill provides that (i) the Commission shall base its determination on whether an individual is an employee on the standard used by the Internal Revenue Service for such determinations; (ii) for the purposes of unemployment compensation, "wages" does not include any payment made to, or on behalf of, an employee or his beneficiary under a cafeteria plan, as defined in § 125 of the Internal Revenue Code, if such payment would not be treated as wages under the Internal Revenue Code; and (iii) in an unemployment compensation claims adjudication matter, each day a person fails to obey a subpoena issued by a court, a court order, or a subpoena issued by the Commission shall be deemed to be a separate offense. Additionally, the bill requires (a) any employing unit to establish an account with the Commission by the end of the calendar quarter in which it becomes subject to the requirements for unemployment compensation, (b) an employer that has become subject to liability under the unemployment compensation provisions to submit the required reports by the due date of the calendar quarter in which the employer has initially become subject to such liability, and (c) all employers to file their quarterly payroll and tax reports on an electronic medium using a format prescribed by the Commission. Under current law, only employers with 100 or more employees are required to file electronically. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104650D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB548)
01/20/2020Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Read second time and engrossed
01/24/2020Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Placed on Calendar
02/18/2020Read first time
02/18/2020Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
02/25/2020Reported from Labor and Commerce (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read second time
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/28/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB548ER)
03/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB548ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/11/2020Governor's substitute printed 20110209D-S1
04/22/2020Amendments specific and severable (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (79-Y 13-N)
04/22/2020VOTE: (79-Y 13-N)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (SB548ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1261 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1261)
05/01/2020VOTE: (79-Y 13-N)