Michael Wood, Manager, Education & Workforce
The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak represents an unprecedented challenge for employers and job-seekers in North Texas. In light of these challenges, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has issued helpful resources to support those impacted by the outbreak.
Collectively, these resources will aid workers experiencing unemployment or reduced hours, and support struggling businesses in preventing further layoffs.
Resources for Businesses to Prevent Layoffs
Companies experiencing slowed business as a result of the pandemic may utilize TWC’s Shared Work program to retain staff. Shared Work helps employers supplement lost employee wages due to reduced hours through partial unemployment benefits.
Eligibility for the program requires that reductions in weekly hours be between 10-40%, and impact at least 10% of employees in a business or department.
For more information and to apply, visit the Shared Work website.
Resources for Businesses Facing Closures or Layoffs
Businesses that must close or otherwise layoff employees may be able to submit a Mass Claim for unemployment benefits on behalf of all affected employees. This resource initiates and streamlines the unemployment enrollment process.
For more information or to submit a request, visit the Mass Claims website.
Resources for Newly Unemployed Individuals
As for individuals who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, the TWC is waiving the work search requirement and week-long waiting period for unemployment assistance, easing access to crucial support during this time.
We encourage employers to share this information with affected employees and to cite COVID-19 when you receive a Notice of Application for Unemployment Benefits for one of your former employees from TWC.
For more information or to apply, visit the Unemployment Benefits Service website.