Unemployment compensation

Under the provisions of the Virginia Unemployment Compensation Act, an employee who becomes separated from his or her job may be eligible for unemployment compensation.

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) administers the act and determines:

  • Whether or not an employee is eligible for benefits
  • If eligible, the amount of weekly benefit to which the employee is entitled

There is a maximum and minimum weekly benefit an employee can receive under the act as set by the Virginia General Assembly. Generally, employees will be eligible to receive benefits if they become unemployed “through no fault of their own.”

VCU Human Resources’ employer representative provides a defense for the university in all claims for unemployment compensation. Supervisors will be contacted by the employer representative in all contested claims and they may be required to testify at administrative hearings before the VEC.

For questions or additional information regarding unemployment compensation, please contact VCU Human Resources at (804) 828-1533.

Filing for unemployment

If you have been, or will be, separated from employment with VCU, you may be eligible for unemployment compensation. The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) makes a determination as to whether or not any employee is eligible to receive unemployment compensation by looking at several factors, including but not limited to the factors listed below. To find out if you qualify for unemployment compensation, you should file a claim with the VEC office nearest to your home once your employment has ended. To make the claims process easier, bring a form of identification, such as a driver’s license or Social Security card, and work history, such as a résumé or curriculum vitae to the VEC. For any questions about the claims process, see locations below, call the VEC or contact VCU Human Resources at (804) 828-1533.

  • The reason(s) for separation
  • The employee’s earnings prior to separation
  • The length of time the employee worked for their last and previous employers
  • Amount of any severance paid
  • Amount of any leave paid

 

Locations

Central Office
703 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 786-1485

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1358
Richmond, Virginia 23218-1358

Richmond – Metro North
Workforce Center
8093 Elm Drive
Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111-1160
Phone: (804) 559-3133

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 997
Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111-0997

Richmond – Reemploy Virginia
Reemployment Office
3100 West Marshall Street
Richmond, Virginia 23230
Phone: (804) 559-3133  

Richmond – Unemployment Express
UI Express Office
4150 Meadowdale Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23234
Phone: (804) 559-3133

Information for managers

Managers should be aware that, in general, any employee — whether faculty, classified or hourly — who has worked for VCU may be eligible for unemployment compensation. In addition, if an employee is found to be eligible for unemployment as a result of his or her separation from the university, the benefits paid to that employee by the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) are reimbursed, dollar for dollar, by the university.

Eligibility 
The VEC makes a determination as to whether or not any employee is eligible to receive unemployment compensation by looking at several factors, including but not limited to:

  • The reason(s) for separation
  • The employee’s earnings prior to separation
  • The length of time the employee worked for their last and previous employers
  • Amount of any severance paid
  • Amount of any leave paid

In general, employees will be found qualified to receive unemployment if they lose their job through “no fault of their own,” such as layoffs, hourly employees reaching 1,500 hours, expiration of grant funds or the position being abolished. If an employee quits his or her job, the employee has the burden of proving to the VEC that he or she had “good cause” for leaving. In general, good cause will only be found where the employee can show that he or she was compelled to quit his or her job.

If an employee is discharged from his or her job, the VEC will determine if the employee was terminated for “misconduct” in connection with his or her work. In these cases, the employer has the burden of proving that the employee willfully and/or deliberately violated the employer’s policies or standards of conduct that the employer has the right to expect of his or her employee, or that the employee disregarded the employer’s policies.

Questions?
Managers and employees who have questions or need additional information regarding unemployment compensation should contact VCU Human Resources at (804) 828-1533 or klpaceha@vcu.edu.