Unemployment compensation; disqualification for benefits, etc. (HB1201)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Del. Wendell Walker (R-Lynchburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unemployment compensation; disqualification for benefits; misconduct does not include refusing COVID-19 vaccine. Provides that for the purposes of the Virginia Employment Commission determining if an individual was separated or partially separated from employment for misconduct and would be disqualified for unemployment benefits, the term "misconduct" does not include an employee's refusal to receive or receive in part any primary series or booster shot of a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. Read the Bill »

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Bill Has Failed


01/18/2022Presented and ordered printed 22103654D
01/18/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
01/25/2022Assigned sub: Subcommittee #1
02/01/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (4-Y 3-N)
02/03/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB1201)
02/03/2022Reported from Commerce and Energy (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Read first time
02/08/2022Read second time and engrossed
02/09/2022Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/09/2022VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/21/2022Passed by indefinitely in Commerce and Labor (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)


Claire Gastanaga writes:

This bill would allow people who refuse to be vaccinated and are fired to qualify for unemployment compensation benefits.

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