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Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Pauses Reopening

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Pauses Reopening

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By WEBSITE ADMIN

With the decision of the Texas Workforce Commission to delay the reinstatement of the work search requirement for unemployment benefits in Texas, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas has paused the reopening of the Workforce Centers until August 3, 2020.

The decision to pause the opening was made in light of the delay of work search requirements and to help mitigate the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and job seekers and employers should know we are providing all services remotely.

 

“Our facilities may be closed but we have never stopped serving customers”, said Louis LeDoux, Chief Operating Officer. “We have been meeting the needs of our customers and we will continue to provide our services – online, over the phone, virtually, and with classes offered both synchronously and asynchronously”. In the past 90 days, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas has served over 84,800 customers.

 

If individuals need to file for unemployment benefits, contact the Texas Workforce Commission at ui.texasworkforce.org or 800-939-6631.

 

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas staff can be reached by phone or email, during normal business hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The staff continues to be available to help with job matching, career counseling, and employer services. For more information or staff contact information go to www.workforcesolutionsctx.com or call your nearest Workforce Center.

 

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Central Texas Employers Provide Virtual Job Fair

Central Texas Employers Provide Virtual Job Fair

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With more than 950 available jobs in the Central Texas region, employers are partnering with Workforce Solutions of Central Texas and will host a virtual job fair Tuesday, June 2.

The job fair will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Virtual event will connect job-seekers to current openings and the opportunity to interact with company representatives. Interested participants can upload their resume and register for the event through WorkInTexas.com.

 

“We are excited about providing job seekers the opportunity to meet the employer online via our virtual platform,” said Louis LeDoux, Chief Operating Officer for Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. “Job seekers will have an opportunity to meet virtually with these company representatives and are able to ask questions on their breakout sessions and will have an opportunity to have a one-on-one interview where they can ask even more questions.”

 

Employers from across the region will interview candidates for a variety of positions in manufacturing, landscaping, accounting and customer service. There will be more than 70 available positions for qualified job seekers to interview for. Companies who are partnering with Workforce Solutions of Central Texas are Artcobell, City of Copperas Cove, Coryell Health, GC Services, Holt Lawn and Landscaping, Pactiv, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Vision Semiconductor Solutions, and Walmart. Job seekers will need to have a resume, a mobile device or a computer with internet access and video capabilities.

 

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Guidance from TWC – Going Back to Work

Guidance from TWC: Going Back to Work

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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”.

 

Taken from: https://www.twc.texas.gov/texas-workforce-commission-issues-guidance-unemployment-claimants 

 

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Workforce Solutions Launches “Jobs Now” Page

Workforce Solutions Launches “Jobs Now” Page

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas has launched a new page that helps connect job seekers directly to employers.

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Because of the need for essential workers across many industry sectors and the large volume of traffic on the State’s WorkInTexas.com job site, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas is posting jobs that are hiring now in Central Texas.

“We began to hear from job seekers that they have had trouble registering on the state web site. Our priority is to connect people with jobs so we decide to provide an alternative to view those opportunities. It is certainly a unique and critical time for the workers in Central Texas” said Susan Kamas the Executive Director of the Central Texas Workforce Board. “Families are being impacted by job loss while at the same time many employers are trying to connect with new talent”.

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From April 4 to April 10, there were more than 2,300 unique job postings for the Central Texas region that spanned multiple industry sectors with the leader being healthcare. Louis LeDoux, Chief Operating Officer wants job seekers to know that Workforce Solutions is there to assist customers. “The facilities may be closed but we are still operating to serve the needs of Central Texas. We have the infrastructure in place for staff to assist the needs of our customers remotely and we are still focused on meeting their needs”.

 

The Jobs Now! page helps job seekers to easily identify the jobs and the employers in our area. The page can be found at https://workforcesolutionsctx.com/jobs-now/.

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COVID-19 Update -Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Available for Eligible Workers

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and $600 in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Available for Eligible Workers

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AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages those who have not yet applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) as a result of COVID-19 to apply now. Individuals affected by COVID-19 can apply for PUA benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by calling a TWC Tele-Center any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 800-939-6631.When applying, individuals affected by the pandemic should indicate that as the reason they lost their job.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits for persons impacted by COVID-19 and covers individuals who are self-employed, who otherwise would not qualify for regular unemployment compensation, or who have exhausted state benefits.

 

Additionally, TWC has begun rolling out the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), adding an additional $600 per week for claimants. Individuals receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) or federal extended benefits qualify for the additional $600.

 

If you have already applied for traditional UI benefits, you do not need to take any further action to quality for PUA. Do not apply for benefits again. TWC will review eligibility for PUA for all existing applicants automatically and notify claimants by mail or electronic correspondence of their eligibility. 

 

If you are an independent contractor, self-employed or a 1099 worker, you have until December 26, 2020 to provide your 2019 Internal Revenue Service Form 1040 and Schedule C, F, or SE.

 

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dated March 27, 2020, individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or who otherwise would not qualify for regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) or Extended Benefits (EB) under state or federal law or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) under section 2107 may be eligible for assistance under PUA. Coverage may also include individuals who have exhausted their benefits under regular UC or EB claims under state or federal law, or PEUC.

 

Click HERE to learn more and apply for benefits on the TWC website.

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COVID-19 Update – Gov. Abbott Waives Waiting Period, Work Search Requirements for UI

COVID-19 Update from Gov. Abbott

Governor Abbott has waived the one-week waiting period for benefits and work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance. 

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AUSTIN – In light of the rising number of unemployed due to the coronavirus outbreak Texas Governor Greg Abbott has made changes to the current Unemployment Insurance system to remove barriers to eligibility and receive benefits sooner.

Gov. Abbott and the Texas Workforce Commission have waived the one-week waiting period to qualify for benefits and the work-search requirement. 

For more information on how the State of Texas is handling the pandemic, see Governor Greg Abbott’s website at: https://gov.texas.gov/

 

For more information on the status of COVID-19 in Texas, see the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) website at: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

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COVID-19 Update from Texas Workforce Commission

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Recommendations Will Ease Backlog of Texans Unable to Access Unemployment System

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AUSTIN- Over half a million Texans have filed unemployment claims in the last 18 days as a result of COVID-19. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will soon outpace the total number of claims received in all of 2019. This unprecedented increase has led to long wait times, overwhelmed call centers and technical issues with the Unemployment Benefit Services portal.

TWC staff is working around the clock to expand the capacity to take claims but needs your support. Effective immediately, TWC recommends that Texans stagger their calls and access to the online portal based on the applicant’s area codes.

 

“The outbreak of COVID-19 has reminded each of us the importance of acting with others in mind,” said TWC Executive Director Ed Serna. “Just as with the virus, we can treat this problem far more effectively if we work together and space out the demand rather than having everyone call at the same time. I know there are Texans worried about being out of work and missing their paychecks. We keep working until every Texan that needs help gets help. We are asking for you to join the effort.”

 

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  • Parents are receiving or transitioning off of public assistance
  • Are receiving or needing protective services
  • Families are low-income

In some cases the workforce development board may have a waiting list for child care services.

For more information, visit our child care page for parents or contact your local office.

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TWC Cautions Claimants Regarding Fraudulent Calls

TWC Cautions Claimants Regarding Fraudulent Calls

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AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) advises those applying for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits that individuals misrepresenting TWC may capitalize on the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and attempt to secure sensitive, personal information through deceit.  

WC is reminding all UI claimants and unemployed workers to practice caution when providing people with personally identifiable information. Unfortunately, in situations such as the one we are experiencing because of COVID-19, there can be unemployment insurance scams and fraudulent phone calls.

Below are some indications that you may be a victim of an attempted scam by someone pretending to be a TWC Specialist:

  • The individual asks for a credit card number.
  • The individual says there is a fee for processing the claim.
  • The individual asks for more than the last four digits of your bank account and routing number.

When you are contacted by a legitimate TWC Specialist they will need to confirm your identity and will ask for your Social Security Number and date of birth. However, a TWC Specialist will never ask for a credit card number or state that there is any kind of fee associated with your claim. There is no fee for filing for UI and a TWC Specialist cannot change banking information, so the full number is unnecessary.  

If you sent TWC an email, left a message, or reached out using social media, you should expect a phone call from a TWC Specialist. You may receive calls from TWC on other issues concerning your claim, but always be vigilant when providing personal information. When in doubt, hang up.

If you encounter anyone who’s identity you are not sure of, do not give out your:

  • Phone Number
  • Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Impersonating a public servant and identity theft are crimes punishable by law. If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft visit https://www.identitytheft.gov/.

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