Unemployment compensation; benefits, suitable work, benefits charges. (HB2037)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), and Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unemployment compensation; benefits; suitable work; benefits charges. Provides that under specific conditions related to the COVID-19 virus work will not be deemed suitable and benefits will not be denied to any otherwise eligible individual for refusing to accept new work if (i) the individual presents satisfactory evidence that such individual (a) has tested positive for COVID-19, (b) has been otherwise directed by a physician to quarantine due to COVID-19, or (c) is providing care for an immediate family member who has tested positive for COVID-19 or (ii) the individual has a reasonable belief, based on satisfactory evidence, that the workplace is unsafe because it does not meet governmental-mandated COVID-19 health and safety standards for the workplace, including standards issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Labor and Industry, or the Department of Health, or through an executive order or directive issued by the Governor. The bill provides that for individuals who refuse to accept an offer of work based on such conditions no benefits charges will be deemed to be the responsibility of the previous employer, unless the individual has refused an offer to return to work to his previous employer because the individual has a reasonable belief that the workplace is not in compliance with the Department of Labor and Industry's standards for the prevention of COVID-19. The provisions of the bill expire 30 days after the expiration or revocation of all states of emergency declared by the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the Bill »

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Bill Has Failed


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100605D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
01/14/2021Assigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
01/26/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
01/26/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2021Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Committee substitute printed 21103626D-H1
01/29/2021Read first time
02/01/2021Read second time
02/01/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103626D-H1
02/01/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2037H1
02/02/2021Read third time and passed House (56-Y 42-N)
02/02/2021VOTE: Passage (56-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2037H1)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2021Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2021Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)