Va. Employment Commission; administrative reforms, reporting requirements, electronic submissions. (SB219)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City) with support from co-patron Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Employment Commission; administrative reforms; reporting requirements; electronic submissions; Unemployment Compensation Ombudsman established. Requires the Virginia Employment Commission to calculate and report the (i) average unemployment insurance benefit levels, (ii) average income replacement of unemployment insurance benefits, and (iii) recipiency rate for unemployment insurance benefits in the Commonwealth as part of the Commission's annual balance sheet. The bill also requires the Commission, as part of its biennial strategic plan submitted to the Department of Planning and Budget, to develop and maintain an unemployment insurance Resiliency Plan that describes the specific actions the agency would take, depending on the level of increase in unemployment insurance (UI) claims, to address staffing, communications, and other relevant aspects of operations to ensure continued efficient and effective administration of the UI program. The bill creates within the Commission on Unemployment Compensation a subcommittee that shall be responsible for monitoring the Virginia Employment Commission's management of the unemployment insurance program. The subcommittee shall meet at least once each quarter and shall report annually, beginning on December 1, 2022, to the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee on Commerce and Energy, the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor, and the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations. The bill also directs the Commission to convene an advisory committee composed of stakeholders and subject matter experts to review information related to UI claims. The bill requires employers to submit claim-related forms and separation information electronically, as well as other information and electronic tax payments upon the Commission's request, unless the employer has received a waiver by the Commission. The bill provides that a claim for unemployment benefits that has been determined invalid by the Virginia Employment Commission as a result of the claimant's monetary ineligibility shall first be reviewed upon a request for redetermination prior to filing an appeal. The bill also creates an Unemployment Compensation Ombudsman position for the purpose of providing information and assistance to persons seeking assistance in the unemployment compensation process and exempts confidential case files of the Unemployment Compensation Ombudsman from the mandatory disclosure provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. The bill directs the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management to lead a multiagency work group to discuss strategies for staffing assistance and support for agencies that might need staffing assistance during emergencies. Additionally, the Virginia Employment Commission is directed to task its internal audit division to review and revise documents and online resources related to unemployment compensation. This bill is identical to HB 270. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101014D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2022Reported from Commerce and Labor (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/17/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/08/2022Committee substitute printed 22105060D-S1
02/08/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2022Floor substitute printed 22106452D-S2 (McPike)
02/10/2022Read second time
02/10/2022Committee substitute rejected 22105060D-S1
02/10/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2022Substitute by Senator McPike agreed to 22106452D-S2
02/10/2022Engrossed by Senate - floor substitute SB219S2
02/11/2022Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Commerce and Energy
02/22/2022Reported from Commerce and Energy (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB219S2)
02/24/2022Read second time
02/25/2022Read third time
02/25/2022Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/25/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB219ER)
03/01/2022Signed by Speaker
03/02/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB219ER)
03/02/2022Signed by President
03/11/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2022
03/11/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/27/2022Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022House concurred in Governor's recommendation BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
04/27/2022VOTE: Adoption (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/27/2022G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/27/2022G Emergency clause added by Governor's recommendation
04/27/2022Reenrolled bill text (SB219ER2)
04/27/2022Signed by President as reenrolled
04/27/2022Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/27/2022Enacted, Chapter 716 (effective 4/27/22)
04/27/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0716)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB270.

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