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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 16. Labor And Employment
Agency 5. Virginia Employment Commission
Chapter 70. Interstate and Multistate Claimants

16VAC5-70-20. Interstate cooperation.

A. This section, approved by the Secretary of Labor pursuant to § 3304(a)(9)(B), Federal Unemployment Tax Act and adopted under § 60.2-609 of the Code of Virginia, shall govern the Virginia Employment Commission in its administrative cooperation with other states relating to the Interstate Arrangement for Combining Employment and Wages.

B. A claim for benefits shall be filed by a combined-wage claimant in the same manner as by a claimant who is eligible for benefits under the unemployment insurance law of the paying state. An initial combined-wage claim may be canceled if the cancellation request is made within the appeal period shown on the monetary determination. The request for cancellation must be submitted in writing. A combined wage claim can only be established if there are base period wages in the paying state.

C. Benefits, in all cases, shall be paid to a combined-wage claimant from the unemployment insurance fund of the paying state, and all benefit rights shall be determined by the paying state pursuant to its unemployment insurance law.

D. Wages paid by the paying state to a claimant during the paying state's applicable base period, including wages reported for that period by a transferring state as available for the payment of benefits under the arrangement, shall be included by the paying state in determining such claimant's benefit rights.

Wages, once they have been transferred and used in a determination that established monetary eligibility for benefits in the paying state, shall be unavailable for determining monetary eligibility for benefits under the unemployment insurance law of the transferring state, except to the extent that wages are usable for redetermination purposes.

E. Each state, with respect to any combined-wage claimant, in utilizing forms approved by the Interstate Benefit Payment Committee, shall:

1. When acting as the paying state, send to the claimant a copy of the initial determination, noting his rights to appeal.

2. When acting as the paying state, send to each transferring state a statement of the benefits chargeable to each state. This is done at the end of each quarter in which any benefits have been paid, and each statement shall include the benefits paid during such quarter as to each combined-wage claimant. The ratio of each charge to total benefits paid shall be equal to the ratio of the wages reported by the transferring state (and used in the monetary determination) to the total wages used in the determination.

F. A transferring state shall, as soon as practicable after receipt of a statement as set forth in subsection E of this section, reimburse the paying state accordingly.

G. A claimant's wages shall not be combined, notwithstanding any other provision of this arrangement, if the paying state finds that based on combined wages the claimant would be ineligible for benefits. Wages reported by the transferring state shall in such event be returned to and reinstated by such state. The provisions of the interstate benefit payment arrangement shall apply to each claimant.

H. Whenever this plan applies, it will supersede any inconsistent provision of the Interstate Benefit Payment Plan and the regulation thereunder.

Statutory Authority

§§ 60.2-111 and 60.2-623 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR300-01-7 § 2, eff. December 14, 1994; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 26, eff. November 3, 2002; Volume 39, Issue 8, eff. January 19, 2023.

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