A lot of folks have been laid off in the past week. We know this, because claims for unemployment have skyrocketed. In 2019, some 13,600 Texans applied for unemployment each month, back when the economy was doing very well. This week, 155,657 Texans have applied for unemployment. That is an 800% increase. See Texas Tribune

I am a member of Texas Employment Lawyers Association. We represent people in employment lawsuits. TELA just posted excellent advice on worker’s rights during the coronavirus outbreak. Go to our website here for advice about unemployment benefits, workplace accommodations and being required to work from home.

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As expected claims for unemployment benefits in Texas have skyrocketed. The Texas Workforce Commission website crashed on Thursday due to the heavy usage. The website usually sees 10,000 visitors per day. That site had 40,000 visits on Tuesday of last week and 50,000 on Wednesday. The Thursday crash was brief. Unemployment claims as of Tuesday,

There will be many layoffs soon due to this coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, many of those laid off will be hourly workers. Yes, in Texas, you will generally qualify for unemployment benefits if you lose your job through no fault of yours. The Texas Workforce Commission requires that a person applying for benefits have worked at

Not many people realize that to receive unemployment benefits, an applicant must be willing and able to work. That is why a person receiving unemployment must certify each week that s/he is looking for work. And, what if a worker is off on FMLA leave? Could that person receive unemployment benefits? The court in Texas

So, now, the fox will guard the henhouse. Gov. Abbott appointed Julian Alvarez to the Labor position on the Texas Workforce Commission board. The three person board is supposed to include one member representing employers, one member representing labor, and one chairman. Gov. Abbott replaced the long-time labor board member, Ronald Congleton, with Mr. Alvarez,

When a person is fired through no fault of their own, it is a huge psychological blow.  That emotional setback is compounded when the Texas Workforce Commission denies the newly unemployed person’s claim for unemployment benefits, or worse, shows bias toward the employer.  One poor woman worked for a very demanding person.  The male CEO

Sometimes, its the little things that lead to employment lawsuits.  At one Wisconsin law firm, the receptionist, Sandy Weidner, was expected to make the coffee in the morning.  One morning, someone failed to make the coffee.   Annoyed, management looked at Ms. Weidner’s time card and noted several alleged instances when Ms. Weidner failed to

The corporate world can be harsh.  Mega Corporation takes over slightly Smaller Corporation.  New management takes over the local sales office.  For unknown reasons, new management decides they need new sales representatives and a new regional manager.  New management lays off seven people total in the local office.  Four out of the seven have just

In Texas, unemployment benefits are awarded to employees who lose their job through no fault of their own.  That is the general rule.  It is one area in Texas employment law where fairness carries some weight.  The process starts when the employee files a claim for benefits.  Texas Workforce Commission will then request a statement