Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will require unemployment benefits recipients to start looking for employment effective July 6.
Since March 14, the Texas Workforce Commission helped over 1 million Texans file unemployment claims, which is equivalent to around 75 weeks of claims in a month’s time.
According to the agency, here are acceptable ways of searching for employment:
Acceptable Work Search Activities
Acceptable work search activities to meet your unemployment benefits requirements may include, but are not limited to:
- Register as a job seeker on WorkInTexas.com or at a public workforce office in your state of residence.
- Find and follow up on job contacts from WorkInTexas.com.
- Register for work with a private employment agency, or placement facility of a school or college or university, if one is available to you in his or her occupation or profession. This is an acceptable work search activity; however, you still need to register as a job seeker on WorkInTexas.com or at a public workforce office in your state of residence.
- Complete a job application with employers who may reasonably be expected to have openings for suitable work. You may submit the job application in person, online, by fax or in any other manner directed by the employer and appropriate for the type of work you seek.
- Mail a job application and/or résumé as instructed by a public job notice.
- Make in-person visits with employers that may reasonably be expected to have openings for suitable work.
- Interview with potential employers in person, by telephone or in any other manner directed by the employer and appropriate for the type of work you seek.
- Use the reemployment resources available at a Workforce Solutions office that may lead directly to obtaining employment, such as:
- Obtain and use labor market information
- Participate in reemployment services designed for job seekers we determine to be at high risk of exhausting unemployment benefits
- Obtain and follow up on job contacts from Workforce Solutions staff
- Participate in skills assessments for occupational matching
- Participate in instructional workshops, such as résumé preparation and enhancement, job-search techniques and interviewing skills
- Participate in other activities offered at the Workforce Solutions office such as job clubs, job fairs or employment-related workshops that offer instruction in improving your skills for obtaining employment
- Use Career Tools on WorkInTexas.com that offer instruction and assistance in improving your ability to become reemployed, such as:
- The Job Match Advisor
- More Job Search Options, such as Gadball.com for résumé distribution to other job boards
- National Labor Exchange Job Boards: JobCentral and VetCentral
- U.S. Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop and mySkillsmyFuture for career exploration
- Now that businesses are reopening, if an employee doesn’t feel safe going back, and therefore remains unemployed, TWC says unemployment benefits cases are evaluated on an individual basis. However, because of the COVID-19 emergency, the following are reasons benefits would be granted if the individual refused suitable work.
- Reason for refusal:
- People 65 years or older, and/or people with medical issues, like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or a weakened immune system, 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.