Texas Workforce Commission

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.

As we used to say in Iraq, Be Safe.

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

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

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

Texas Workforce Commission appears almost designed to undermine legitiimate employee claims for unemployment benefits.  I receive one or two calls every year from recipients of unemployment benefits who were overpaid unemployment benefits through TWC errors and now, TWC wants their money back.  TWC essentially tells them to pay it back or else.  

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The new head of Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division is Jonathan Babiak.  Some readers may remember him as the former head of the appeals division at TWC.  He advised employers last Spring on how to game the system regarding unemployment claims.  See Houston Chronicle report.  Mr. Babiak told employers at a TWC hosted conference in

A frequent issue arises concerning the right of an employer to deduct debts from an employee’s paycheck.  Texas Workforce Commission recognizes three occasions when an employer may make such deductions: 1) in response to an order from a competent court, such as for child support; 2) state or federally mandated withholdings; and 3) when authorized