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Unemployment Insurance: Virginia

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Robbie McKeon


  • Most employers doing business in Virginia are subject to the Virginia Unemployment Compensation Act. See Employer Coverage.
  • Unemployed individuals must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for full unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Unemployment benefits generally last for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • When a benefits claim is filed, the employer must complete a form sent by the state. See Filing Claims.
  • Employers must follow specified notice, posting and recordkeeping requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements; Recordkeeping Requirements.