Many businesses are seeking part-time or temporary workers to assist with the COVID-19 response. TWC manages a comprehensive job board called Work In Texas. Job Seekers can view available jobs at WorkInTexas.com.
The CARES Act included numerous provisions to assist individuals experiencing furloughs, layoffs, or reduced pay/hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Relief for Workers Affected by Coronavirus Act (RWACA) is designed to provide additional financial support for states and additional support for individuals through a weekly federal unemployment benefit in addition to any state benefits that an individual may be eligible for.
The major provisions of the RWACA include:
A $600 weekly federal benefit for individuals eligible for unemployment.
An extension of the unemployment insurance eligibility period for 13 weeks.
An extension of unemployment insurance benefits to individuals who may not be eligible under state law or who has exhausted state unemployment benefits may still qualify for unemployment benefits under RWACA. Individuals in this category should work directly with the Texas Workforce Commission to understand how this impacts them.
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) manages unemployment benefits in Texas. On March 17, 2020, Governor Abbott waived the normally required “waiting week” for unemployment benefits as well as the unemployment insurance work search requirements.
TWC has posted information and is making regular updates regarding COVID-19 impacts at twc.texas.gov. Businesses and employees can contact TWC’s tele-center at (800) 939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, or submit an application for unemployment benefits through the Unemployment Benefits Services online portal here.
Having trouble filing an unemployment claim online? The Unemployment Benefit System online portal is available 24 hours a day but is experiencing a high volume of visitors. Lower volumes on the online portal are occurring between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. You may want to try back during those hours to file your claim or check the status of your claim.
Texas Workforce Commission Resource Handout for Claimants
Texas Workforce Commission Resource Handout for Employers