Work Search Requirement to be Reinstated 4 Unemployment Insurance/July 6

Work Search Requirement to be Reinstated for Unemployment Insurance on July 6

Date: June 16, 2020
Media Contact: Cisco Gamez
Phone: 512-463-8556
Benefits will continue, but recipients must search for new jobs

AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced today that the work search requirements for Unemployment Insurance (UI) in Texas, which had been suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis, will be reinstated for all Texans receiving unemployment insurance benefits on July 6. Work search is a federal requirement to receive unemployment benefits. Individuals will continue to receive benefits, but must document their efforts to find new employment, with the first report due to TWC on July 19. Keep good records and save your work search documentation. Your work search efforts do not need to be sent in unless it is requested by the Commission.
Texas businesses are hiring right now. There are over 530,000 jobs available in Texas on WorkInTexas.com, the state’s online jobs portal, in addition to jobs available elsewhere. As more and more businesses come back online, those numbers should increase.
“The COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for everyone, creating new challenges for workers, employers and their families,” said TWC Executive Director Ed Serna. “Let me be clear: we are not over it. But we’re seeing employment opportunities begin to bounce back in Texas as our economy restarts. There are opportunities out there, and getting Texans back to work and businesses up and running again will create even more.”
Unemployment insurance benefits are not intended as a replacement for a job, but a temporary benefit to help workers until they can resume employment. The work search requirement does not mean workers must take the first job available. It means that they must show an active effort to obtain new employment to continue benefits. As long as they do this, their benefits will continue for up to 39 weeks, in accordance with state law and the federal CARES Act.
Furloughed workers with a definite return to work date that is within 12 weeks of the layoff are exempt from work search requirements. Return to work dates beyond 12 weeks can result in the waiver of work search at the discretion of TWC. While Self-employed individuals do not need to register on WorkinTexas.com nor complete work search requirements, they do however need to continue taking steps to reopen their business. If they do not plan to reopen their business, they must complete a work registration and seek work.
Job seekers are encourage to visit WorkInTexas.com, the state’s job portal, for access to hundreds of thousands of public and private sector jobs, as well as links to education and training opportunities, resume assistance and other resources. Guidelines for the work search process can be found here.


 

RobLinn

Active Member
Thankfully self employed don’t have to worry about that
We are self employed
Our reason for collecting the DUA/PUA is because we have, “been forced to suspend operations as a direct result of the COVID- 19 public health emergency, such as if an emergency state or municipal order restricting movement makes continued operations unsustainable.”

thankfully the DOL doesn’t specify how we determine wether it’s safe to RestartOperations (it’s up to the individual business owner to determine)

so I’m good 😉
 

Laf118

Member
Thankfully self employed don’t have to worry about that
We are self employed
Our reason for collecting the DUA/PUA is because we have, “been forced to suspend operations as a direct result of the COVID- 19 public health emergency, such as if an emergency state or municipal order restricting movement makes continued operations unsustainable.”

thankfully the DOL doesn’t specify how we determine wether it’s safe to RestartOperations (it’s up to the individual business owner to determine)

so I’m good 😉
Self-employed workers, who were allowed to receive unemployment benefits through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will not be required to search for work. Instead, they will have to prove they’ve taken three actions per week that would help them reopen business.

If they do not plan to reopen there business they must register and search for work.
 

RobLinn

Active Member
Self-employed workers, who were allowed to receive unemployment benefits through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will not be required to search for work. Instead, they will have to prove they’ve taken three actions per week that would help them reopen business.

If they do not plan to reopen there business they must register and search for work.
Yep

the TWC specifically said,

“While Self-employed individuals do not need to register on WorkinTexas.com nor complete work search requirements, they do however need to continue taking steps to reopen their business.”

The steps I took is I thought about it & decided to stay closed 🤷🏻‍♂️

it’s our choice to reopen our business 😉
 

whiskeyboat

Well-Known Member
my experience from ten years ago it was pretty easy-
log into their site and apply for some jobs and I wouldn't be bothered
if I did not log in then they would request a personal work search log
 

wilsonz83

Well-Known Member
I don't think it's a big deal. Never got a chance to get UI but I saw tons of people asking if they were going to get extension bc they exhausted their UI(regular UI is 26 weeks/year). so at least lots of them were able to collect it for 6 1/2 months with 5 weekly searches required.
 

Noonespecial

Well-Known Member
Yea. Id say there is nothing to worry about until end of july. The governor is a piece of shhit, and he cares way more about dear leader than any citizen of texas, but, there are so many millions of people on it and our state government is so incompetent that there is no way they can go through and cherry-pick people to lose their unemployment. Expect a "one size fits all" cutoff at end of july, followed by a WHOLE LOT of people suffering because there are no jobs.
 

GlenCoco

New Member
Hello, for this work search, are we allowed to use other websites other than the one provided by the state? Such as indeed, or others. Are we required to search and apply only through them ?
 

Laf118

Member
I’ve gotten unemployment a long time ago maybe twice and I never used there site. I don’t particularly like there website and it’s the exact same jobs that are indeed. I also noticed most of the jobs listed on there didn’t show the pay per hour. I need to know that so we aren’t wasting each other’s time.
 

Ziggy

Well-Known Member
Hello, for this work search, are we allowed to use other websites other than the one provided by the state? Such as indeed, or others. Are we required to search and apply only through them ?
If you use the site provided by the state then your searches should be automatically logged. If you use other sites you’ll likely have to log your search efforts and then upload your log
 

Noonespecial

Well-Known Member
So today they changed their minds on the work search requirement. No longer necessary.
However, probably should consider trying to find a work from home job. Texas is now the epicenter, and of course the money is still gonna run out.
 

Uberdamsel

Member
Thankfully self employed don’t have to worry about that
We are self employed
Our reason for collecting the DUA/PUA is because we have, “been forced to suspend operations as a direct result of the COVID- 19 public health emergency, such as if an emergency state or municipal order restricting movement makes continued operations unsustainable.”

thankfully the DOL doesn’t specify how we determine wether it’s safe to RestartOperations (it’s up to the individual business owner to determine)

so I’m good 😉
Hello please what link did you apply to?
 
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