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Texas Workforce Commission issues guidance to unemployment claimants

Posted May 4, 2020

The Texas Workforce Commission is issuing guidance to unemployment claimants concerning their continued eligibility for unemployment benefits should they refuse rehire.

Each unemployment insurance benefits case is evaluated on an individual basis. However, because of the COVID-19 emergency, there are reasons benefits would be granted if the individual refused suitable work. Reason for refusal:

  • At high risk. People 65 years or older are at a higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • Household member at high risk.
  • Diagnosed with COVID-19. The individual has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered.
  • Family member with COVID-19. Anybody in the household has tested positive for COVID-19 by a source authorized by the State of Texas and is not recovered and 14 days have not yet passed.
  • Quarantined. Individual is in 14-day quarantine due to close contact exposure to COVID-19.
  • Child care. Child’s school or daycare is closed and no alternatives are available.

Any other situation will be subject to a case-by-case review by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) based on individual circumstances.

To learn more, contact TWC at 800-939-6631.

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