VA HB2040 | 2021 | 1st Special Session

Note: Carryover of previous HB2040

Status

Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 28-0)
Status: Passed on April 7 2021 - 100% progression
Action: 2021-04-07 - Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0539)
Text: Latest bill text (Chaptered) [HTML]

Summary

Unemployment compensation; failure to respond; continuation of benefits; repayment of overpayments. Provides that when a claimant has had a determination of initial eligibility for unemployment benefits, as determined by the issuance of compensation or waiting-week credit, payments shall continue, subject to a presumption of continued eligibility, until a determination is made that provides the claimant notice and an opportunity to be heard. Unemployment compensation; failure to respond; continuation of benefits; repayment of overpayments. Provides that when a claimant has had a determination of initial eligibility for unemployment benefits, as determined by the issuance of compensation or waiting-week credit, payments shall continue, subject to a presumption of continued eligibility, until a determination is made that provides the claimant notice and an opportunity to be heard. The bill requires the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the obligation to repay any overpayment if (i) the overpayment was made without fault on the part of the individual and (ii) requiring repayment would be contrary to equity and good conscience. Overpayments shall not be considered "without fault on the part of the individual" if the overpayment was the result of (a) a reversal in the appeals process, unless the employer failed to respond timely or adequately; (b) a programming, technological, or automated system error that results in erroneous payments to a group of individuals; or (c) fraud. The bill also provides that the Commission shall notify each person with an unpaid overpayment of benefits that he may be entitled to a waiver of repayment and provide 30 days to request such a waiver. The bill applies to overpayments established for the week commencing March 15, 2020, through the week commencing June 26, 2021, and only to those overpayments that remain outstanding as of July 1, 2021. Amounts already paid or collected against such overpayments shall not be reimbursed to the claimant, except for benefits paid under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. The bill allows the Commission to suspend or forgo referring any overpayment to the collections process. The bill provides that all costs to the Unemployment Compensation Fund (the Fund) resulting from the provisions of the bill for overpayments of benefits shall be reimbursed to the Fund from the general fund in the general appropriation act and that employers are not responsible for reimbursing benefits or benefits charges except when the employer failed to respond timely or adequately. The provisions of the bill expire on July 1, 2022.

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Title

Unemployment compensation; continuation of benefits, repayment of overpayments.

Sponsors


Roll Calls

2021-04-07 - Senate - Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (21-Y 19-N) (Y: 21 N: 19 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-04-07 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (57-Y 43-N) (Y: 57 N: 43 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-27 - Senate - Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 18-N) (Y: 21 N: 18 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-25 - House - House: VOTE: Agreed To (57-Y 41-N) (Y: 57 N: 41 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]
2021-02-19 - Senate - Senate: Senate insisted on substitute with amendments (37-Y 0-N) (Y: 37 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 2) [PASS]
2021-02-19 - House - House: VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 96-N) (Y: 0 N: 96 NV: 0 Abs: 4) [FAIL]
2021-02-19 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate with substitute with amendment (20-Y 18-N) (Y: 20 N: 18 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2021-02-17 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-17 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (9-Y 6-N 1-A) (Y: 9 N: 6 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-15 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (12-Y 2-N) (Y: 12 N: 2 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-05 - Senate - Senate: Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N) (Y: 15 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-05 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (57-Y 43-N) (Y: 57 N: 43 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-03 - House - House: Reported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (Y: 13 N: 9 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-02-02 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N) (Y: 5 N: 3 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-01-28 - House - House: Reported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (Y: 14 N: 8 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-01-26 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N) (Y: 6 N: 2 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]

History

DateChamberAction
2021-04-07 Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0539)
2021-04-07HouseEnacted, Chapter 539 (effective 7/1/21)
2021-04-07SenateSigned by President as reenrolled
2021-04-07HouseSigned by Speaker as reenrolled
2021-04-07HouseReenrolled bill text (HB2040ER2)
2021-04-07HouseReenrolled
2021-04-07 Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
2021-04-07SenateSenate concurred in Governor's recommendation (21-Y 19-N)
2021-04-07HouseVOTE: Adoption (57-Y 43-N)
2021-04-07HouseHouse concurred in Governor's recommendation (57-Y 43-N)
2021-04-07HousePlaced on Calendar
2021-03-31HouseGovernor's recommendation received by House
2021-03-15 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
2021-03-15HouseEnrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
2021-03-11HouseSigned by Speaker
2021-03-09HouseBill text as passed House and Senate (HB2040ER)
2021-03-09SenateSigned by President
2021-03-09HouseEnrolled
2021-02-27SenateConference report agreed to by Senate (21-Y 18-N)
2021-02-25HouseVOTE: Agreed To (57-Y 41-N)
2021-02-25HouseConference report agreed to by House (57-Y 41-N)
2021-02-25HouseConference substitute printed 21200711D-H3
2021-02-25 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2021-02-19SenateSenators: Spruill, Lewis, Obenshain
2021-02-19SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2021-02-19HouseDelegates: Hudson, Bagby, Ware
2021-02-19HouseConferees appointed by House
2021-02-19HouseHouse acceded to request
2021-02-19SenateSenate requested conference committee
2021-02-19SenateSenate insisted on substitute with amendments (37-Y 0-N)
2021-02-19HouseVOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 96-N)
2021-02-19HouseSenate substitute with amendment rejected by House (0-Y 96-N)
2021-02-19SenatePassed Senate with substitute with amendment (20-Y 18-N)
2021-02-19SenateEngrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment HB2040S2
2021-02-19SenateAmendment by Senator Barker agreed to
2021-02-19SenateReading of amendment waived
2021-02-19SenatePassed by temporarily
2021-02-19SenateCommittee substitute agreed to 21200382D-S2
2021-02-19SenateReading of substitute waived
2021-02-19SenateCommittee substitute rejected 21200202D-S1
2021-02-19SenateReading of substitute waived
2021-02-19SenateRead third time
2021-02-18SenatePassed by for the day
2021-02-18SenateRead third time
2021-02-17SenateReported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (9-Y 6-N 1-A)
2021-02-17SenateCommittee substitute printed 21200382D-S2
2021-02-17SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
2021-02-15SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2021-02-15SenateCommittee substitute printed 21200202D-S1
2021-02-15SenateReported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (12-Y 2-N)
2021-02-05SenateContinued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)
2021-02-05SenateReferred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
2021-02-05SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2021-02-05HouseVOTE: Passage (57-Y 43-N)
2021-02-05HouseRead third time and passed House (57-Y 43-N)
2021-02-04HouseEngrossed by House - committee substitute HB2040H2
2021-02-04HouseCommittee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 21104300D-H2
2021-02-04HouseCommittee on Labor and Commerce substitute rejected 21103684D-H1
2021-02-04HouseRead second time
2021-02-03HouseRead first time
2021-02-03HouseCommittee substitute printed 21104300D-H2
2021-02-03HouseReported from Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 9-N)
2021-02-02HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
2021-01-29HouseAssigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
2021-01-28HouseIncorporates HB1977 (Askew)
2021-01-28HouseReferred to Committee on Appropriations
2021-01-28HouseCommittee substitute printed 21103684D-H1
2021-01-28HouseReported from Labor and Commerce with substitute (14-Y 8-N)
2021-01-26HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
2021-01-14HouseAssigned L & C sub: Subcommittee #1
2021-01-12HouseReferred to Committee on Labor and Commerce
2021-01-12HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102511D

Same As/Similar To

HB2040 (Carry Over) 2021-02-05 - Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Commerce and Labor (15-Y 0-N)

Subjects


Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
602528.1(n/a)See Bill Text
602619(n/a)See Bill Text
602633(n/a)See Bill Text

Virginia State Sources

TypeSource
Summaryhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+sum+HB2040
Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+HB2040+hil
Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+HB2040H1+hil
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Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+HB2040H3+hil
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Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+HB2040ER2+hil
Texthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+ful+CHAP0539+hil
Amendmenthttps://committees.lis.virginia.gov/pdfs/drafts/21200202D.pdf
Amendmenthttps://committees.lis.virginia.gov/pdfs/drafts/.htm
Amendmenthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+amd+HB2040AS
Amendmenthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+amd+HB2040ASE
Amendmenthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+amd+HB2040AC
Amendmenthttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+amd+HB2040AG
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB2040F122+PDF
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB2040FH1122+PDF
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB2040FH2122+PDF
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB2040FS1122+PDF
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB2040FS2122+PDF
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB2040FH3122+PDF
Supplementhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+oth+HB2040FER122+PDF
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+H1401C0019+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+H14C0085+HB2040
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Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+H02C0107+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+HC1498+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+S02C0057+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+S02V0036+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+S05V0064+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+SV0114HB2040+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+SV0212HB2040+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+HV1794+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+SV0246HB2040+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+HV1996+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+SV0522HB2040+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+HV2076+HB2040
Roll Callhttps://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?212+vot+SV0626HB2040+HB2040

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