SB 548

  • Virginia Senate Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 07, 2020
  • Passed Senate Jan 24, 2020
  • Passed House Feb 28, 2020
  • Became Law Apr 22, 2020

Unemployment compensation; amends various provisions regarding compensation.

Abstract

Unemployment compensation. Amends various provisions regarding unemployment compensation and the Virginia Employment Commission. The bill provides that (i) the Commission shall base its determination on whether an individual is an employee on the standard used by the Internal Revenue Service for such determinations; (ii) for the purposes of unemployment compensation, "wages" does not include any payment made to, or on behalf of, an employee or his beneficiary under a cafeteria plan, as defined in § 125 of the Internal Revenue Code, if such payment would not be treated as wages under the Internal Revenue Code; and (iii) in an unemployment compensation claims adjudication matter, each day a person fails to obey a subpoena issued by a court, a court order, or a subpoena issued by the Commission shall be deemed to be a separate offense. Additionally, the bill requires (a) any employing unit to establish an account with the Commission by the end of the calendar quarter in which it becomes subject to the requirements for unemployment compensation, (b) an employer that has become subject to liability under the unemployment compensation provisions to submit the required reports by the due date of the calendar quarter in which the employer has initially become subject to such liability, and (c) all employers to file their quarterly payroll and tax reports on an electronic medium using a format prescribed by the Commission. Under current law, only employers with 100 or more employees are required to file electronically. The bill establishes a short-time compensation program that provides employers with the option of reducing the hours worked by employees while permitting the employees whose hours are reduced to receive partial compensation for lost wages. Program participation requires Virginia Employment Commission approval of a work sharing plan, which must provide that the reduction in hours of work is in lieu of a layoff of an equivalent percentage of employees and that employees' health and retirement benefits cannot be reduced or eliminated under the plan. An individual who satisfies other requirements for unemployment benefits will be eligible for short-term compensation if he is available for the individual's usual hours of work with the participating employer, which may include participating in certain training programs. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2022; however, if adequate funding by the U.S. Department of Labor that covers certain costs of establishing the program is not received by the Commission by January 1, 2021, the bill will expire on that date.

Unemployment compensation. Amends various provisions regarding unemployment compensation and the Virginia Employment Commission. The bill provides that (i) the Commission shall base its determination on whether an individual is an employee on the standard used by the Internal Revenue Service for such determinations; (ii) for the purposes of unemployment compensation, "wages" does not include any payment made to, or on behalf of, an employee or his beneficiary under a cafeteria plan, as defined in § 125 of the Internal Revenue Code, if such payment would not be treated as wages under the Internal Revenue Code; and (iii) in an unemployment compensation claims adjudication matter, each day a person fails to obey a subpoena issued by a court, a court order, or a subpoena issued by the Commission shall be deemed to be a separate offense. Additionally, the bill requires (a) any employing unit to establish an account with the Commission by the end of the calendar quarter in which it becomes subject to the requirements for unemployment compensation, (b) an employer that has become subject to liability under the unemployment compensation provisions to submit the required reports by the due date of the calendar quarter in which the employer has initially become subject to such liability, and (c) all employers to file their quarterly payroll and tax reports on an electronic medium using a format prescribed by the Commission. Under current law, only employers with 100 or more employees are required to file electronically.

Bill Sponsors (1)

Votes


Actions


Apr 22, 2020

House

Enacted, Chapter 1261 (effective 7/1/20)

Senate

Reenrolled

Office of the Governor

Governor's recommendation adopted

House

VOTE: (79-Y 13-N)

House

House concurred in Governor's recommendation (79-Y 13-N)

Senate

Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 1-N)

Senate

Amendments specific and severable (40-Y 0-N)

House

Signed by Speaker as reenrolled

Senate

Signed by President as reenrolled

Senate

Reenrolled bill text (SB548ER2)

Apr 11, 2020

Senate

Governor's recommendation received by Senate

Senate

Governor's substitute printed 20110209D-S1

Mar 12, 2020

Office of the Governor

Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020

Senate

Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020

Mar 07, 2020

Senate

Signed by President

Mar 06, 2020

House

Signed by Speaker

Mar 05, 2020

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB548ER)

Senate

Enrolled

Feb 28, 2020

House

VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N)

House

Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)

House

Read third time

Feb 27, 2020

House

Read second time

Feb 25, 2020

House

Reported from Labor and Commerce (22-Y 0-N)

Feb 18, 2020

House

Placed on Calendar

House

Referred to Committee on Labor and Commerce

House

Read first time

Jan 24, 2020

Senate

Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)

Jan 23, 2020

Senate

Read second time and engrossed

Jan 22, 2020

Senate

Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)

Jan 20, 2020

Senate

Reported from Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)

Jan 16, 2020

Senate

Impact statement from DPB (SB548)

Jan 07, 2020

Senate

Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor

Senate

Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104650D

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Impact statement from DPB (SB548) HTML
Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB548ER) HTML
SB548S1 HTML
Reenrolled bill text (SB548ER2) HTML
Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1261) HTML

Related Documents

Document Format
Amendment: SB548AG HTML

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