The Fort Worth Best Place for Working Parents Worker Connector Platform allows business owners to submit a short, confidential survey regarding their business' current circumstances and needs, and they can help "match" you with inter-industry workforce opportunities to help:
- Meet your emergency employment/workforce needs more quickly and efficiently.
- Maximize local workforce talent by re-deploying recently unemployed or furloughed employees into other high-demand jobs during this crisis.
- Reduce the number of unemployed workers in our community while providing a resource that business leaders can share with employees if they are forced to reduce their workforce during this time.
REMINDER: The CARES Act unemployment insurance bonus of an extra $600 will expire on July 31, 2020.
Right now, the U.S. government and Texas legislature have not changed any laws or rules concerning unemployment benefits during the pandemic. However, the Department of Labor gives significant flexibility to states to provide Unemployment Insurance (UI) related to COVID-19. This allows Texas Workforce Commission to waive work search requirements and the waiting week for claimants affected by COVID-19.
Visit Texas Workforce Commission's Unemployment Claims Dashboard & Map for the latest unemployment insurance claim numbers and industries affected.
Rejecting an Offer for Rehire
Employees who have been furloughed and refuse a business' offer of rehire will still be eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet one of the following criteria:
- They can be considered high-risk, or care for a household member who is high risk.
- They test positive, or are required to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure.
- They have children and there is no available childcare / schools are still closed, requiring the employee to stay home to care for them.
Note: The state has not yet determined how long this policy will be in effect. If you have questions or concerns, contact the Texas Workforce Commission.
If you are an employer whose employee rejected an offer for rehire and concerned about your Paycheck Protection Program funds, guidance is available on our Paycheck Protection Program page.
Be cautious of hiring scams
The Texas Workforce Commission cautions job-seekers regarding scams of individuals misrepresenting businesses attempting to secure sensitive, personal information through deceit and fake job opportunities. For examples common scams and more information about this topic visit their website.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Under the CARES Act, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program expands insurance benefits to those who are self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees, gig economy workers, and those ineligible for state unemployment benefits or who have exhausted their benefits. The program provides an expansion of unemployment insurance and benefits for workers if they have been fully or partially unemployed due to an inability to work as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Learn more at the Texas Workforce Commission's website, or by calling 800-939-6631.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
REMINDER: This CARES Act unemployment insurance bonus will expire on July 31, 2020.
Texas Unemployment Insurance
The Texas Unemployment Insurance (UI) program pays benefits to those who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Texas Workforce Commission determines benefit eligibility based on past wages, why someone lost their job, and ongoing eligibility requirements.