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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 – What has Changed in the Unemployment Process?

What has Changed in the Unemployment Process?

A before and after comparison of changes in the unemployment process.

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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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COVID-19 Update – How does the CARES Act Affect Your Benefits?

How does the CARES Act Affect Your Benefits?

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This flow chart represents the options for individuals in search of assistance. If you’ve already been approved for benefits you do not need to do anything. If you are eligible or newly eligible, apply online. If you are a non-traditional applicant, apply online and then wait for a notification about pandemic unemployment assistance. If you have exhausted your benefits, wait for a notification via mail or email, you may then be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of benefits. The additional $600 in benefits allies to all who qualify, no additional action is needed.

Already Approved for Benefits?
Sit tight. You may be eligible for potential Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits for up to 39 weeks AND you are possibly eligible for an additional $600/wk until July 31, 2020.

 

Are you Self-Employed, a Contract Worker or Someone Without Significant Wages?
CARES provides assistance for Non-Traditional Applicants. Apply for benefits at ui.texasworkforce.org.

 

Already Applied for Benefits or Exhausted Your Unemployment Insurance? We will contact you. You do not need to follow up with us. And once you apply you will not need to take any additional steps to apply for PUA or other additional benefits. Once you submit your application we will automatically review if for any additional benefits you may be eligible for.

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COVID-19 Information Update – Layoffs and Unemployment

Important Information for our Customers Concerning Layoffs and Unemployment

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Below, you will find some important documents for employers and job seekers who have been affected by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. If you are an employer notifying us of a layoff, please click HERE to contact a Business Services representative.

 

 Thank you for your patience as we continue to provide services during this unique challinging time.

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