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Workforce Transition Act (State Employees)

Overview

If the member is a state employee and involuntarily separated from employment, he or she may be eligible for transitional severance benefits under the Workforce Transition Act (WTA).

If the member voluntarily resigns or retires from state employment, he or she is not eligible for benefits under WTA.

If the member is a Hybrid Retirement Plan member, he or she may be eligible for severance benefits under the defined benefit component of the plan if he or she is involuntarily separated from employment.

Eligible Employees

  • Full-time classified state employees and qualifying part-time classified state employees covered by the Virginia Personnel Act.

  • Faculty and administrators of the state’s public colleges and universities.

  • Full-time restricted employees in grant-funded positions as defined in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance if the provider of funding assumes financial responsibility for benefits.

  • Full-time classified employees of the following agencies that are exempt from the Virginia Personnel Act:

    • State Corporation Commission
    • Virginia Lottery
    • Virginia Retirement System
    • Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission
    • Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals (except judges)
    • Officers and employees of the General Assembly and persons employed to conduct temporary or special inquiries, investigations or examinations on its behalf

Note: Certain other groups of employees also are eligible for benefits under WTA. Refer to Section 2.2-3202 of the Code of Virginia for a full listing of those eligible.

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