Guidance from TWC: Going Back to Work
By WEBSITE ADMIN
As the state reopens, we want to ensure UI claimants know The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) guidance concerning their continued eligibility for unemployment benefits (UI).
It is important for UI claimants to communicate with their employers. If not, the employer may submit a report to TWC which will lead to an investigation and it could be considered fraud.
Reason for Refusal:
- At High Risk – People 65 years or older are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 (Source DSHS website).
- Household member at high risk – People 65 years or older are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 (source DSHS website).
- Diagnosed with COVID – the individual has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered.
- Family member with COVID – anybody in the household has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered and 14 days have not yet passed.
- Quarantined – individual is currently in 14-day quarantine due to close contact exposure to COVID-19.
- Child care – Child’s school or daycare closed and no alternatives are available.
Any other situation will be subject to a case by case review by the Texas Workforce Commission based on individual circumstances.
Reduced Hours or Part-Time Workers:
If UI claimants start working reduced hours or part-time, they should continue making payment requests, but they need to report their earned wages. Ed Serna, TWC Executive Director, “If you take a part-time job, report your income. You’ll still be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. You’re still eligible for the $600. Your unemployment benefit may go down. Don’t worry. That doesn’t affect your $600. But if you’re able and ready, take that part-time job”.