how unemployment works in texas?
Am I still eligible for unemployment benefits if I am a part-time worker and lost my job due to COVID-19
Yes. Part-time workers are eligible for partial benefits, which are calculated by taking into consideration your recent wages. You will also be eligible for the additional $600 weekly benefit, although the extra $600 benefit currently expires at the end of July 2020. Claimants under this scenario should be prepared to provide wage verification documentation to assist us with expediting UI benefit eligibility. Applicants will need to provide self-certification that they are (1) partially or fully unemployed, or (2) unable and unavailable to work because of COVID-19.
Does paid time off (PTO) have to be used before filing for unemployment compensation?
No, claimants do not have to use paid time off before filing for UI. They can file as soon as they have been laid off or otherwise unable to work due to COVID-19. However, if they are being paid their normal salary, they would not be considered unemployed.
How can the employee verify the employer filed their unemployment benefits claim with correct information in to the system?
TWC will mail information to the employee at the address given to TWC by the employer.
Is there a waiting period before I can receive unemployment benefits in Texas?
The waiting week is the first payable week of an individual’s claim for Unemployment Benefits. Under normal circumstances, TWC cannot pay for the first week of a claim until an individual receives two times their weekly benefit amount and returns to full-time work or has exhausted their benefits. However, by waiving the waiting week, Gov. Abbott has provided the opportunity for TWC to provide immediate relief to Texans who need it.
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