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Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday that he has directed the commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the one-week waiting period for people to receive unemployment benefits as well as the normal requirement that those receiving unemployment benefits must conduct two job searches a week. 

In addition, the governor’s office said Virginians may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if: 

  • their employer needs to “temporarily slow or cease operations due to the coronavirus outbreak”; 
  • they have been issued a notice to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official and are not receiving paid sick or medical leave from their employer; or 
  • they must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from their employer