by Rachael E. Luzietti
A new Virginia law taking effect on July 1 will make more military spouses eligible for unemployment benefits.
Senate Bill 18, which was proposed by Senator Mamie E. Locke (D-Hampton), provides that “good cause” exists if an employee leaves his job to accompany a spouse on active military duty who is transferred to a location that is not reasonably accessible to the spouse’s worksite.
The law applies only to employees relocating to a state with similar legislation. Unemployment benefits paid to eligible military spouses will be charged to the general compensation pool rather than the individual employer.