Unemployment Insurance during COVID-19

Legal Aid Justice Center’s
COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Advocacy Project

Legal Aid Justice Center is working to help advise those attempting to claim unemployment benefits and is coordinating with other worker advocates and the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). We want to try to make Virginia’s unemployment insurance system work better for workers.

The VEC administers unemployment claims and has answers to many questions on its website https://www.vec.virginia.gov/. The VEC also has a customer call center, at (866) 832-2363, and may be able to answer your specific questions. Please check both of these resources before contacting us.

If you live in Legal Aid Justice Center’s service areas around Charlottesville, Richmond, and Fall Church (see specific services areas here) and have questions or things you think we should know about unemployment insurance claims in Virginia please complete the form below. (If you live outside of LAJC’s service areas, particularly if you are seeking advice and/or representation, you should contact your local legal aid provider; see valegalaid.org to locate the office nearest you.)

Please know that we have not agreed to take your unemployment insurance case if you have one. We will try to provide advice to workers, when possible. In some cases, we may be able to provide further legal assistance to workers dealing with the unemployment insurance process.

If you have a claim and pending deadlines, you are responsible for meeting those deadlines.

If you cannot complete the form below, please call (434) 956-3089 to provide this information.

Please tell us about any issues you have had in applying or receiving unemployment insurance or any question you may have.

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