requirements for unemployment benefits

Rogge Dunn Interviewed on KHOU 11 Regarding the Requirements for Unemployment Benefits

KHOU 11 interviewed employment lawyer Rogge Dunn about the requirements for unemployment benefits as outlined by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The news segment aired in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic as Texas businesses prepare to reopen on May 1 following a period of shelter-in-place orders. This brings forth a dilemma for many Texas residents: do they get back to work or stay on unemployment benefits? Moreover, if people want ongoing eligibility, they must continue to meet all of the requirements for unemployment benefits.

During the KHOU 11 news segment, Dunn emphasized that unemployment benefits are a safety net and nothing more. “You don’t want somebody who is simply not going to work and not trying to find work and the taxpayers, in essence, the employers and the taxpayers, are funding them to sit at home and twiddle their thumbs,” Dunn said.

Requirements for Unemployment Benefits

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, a person is eligible for unemployment benefits if they are totally or partially unemployed and meet all of the requirements below:

  • Request payment for weeks of unemployment
  • Be capable, physically and mentally, to work
  • Be available for a full-time job
  • Participate in required reemployment activities
  • Respond to TWC or Workforce Solutions office requests

Work Search Requirements

In addition to the requirements above, a person must also meet all of the work search requirements below:

  • Register for work in your state
  • Search for work
  • Document your search activities
  • Apply for–and accept–suitable full-time job offers

Rogge Dunn discussed these work search requirements and scenarios in which a person could lose their benefits. “You have to fill out a form and turn it in to the TWC to prove that you are making an active job search,” Dunn said. “If you don’t make an active job search or you get offered a job and you turn it down, then your unemployment benefits stop.”

Dunn stated that this requirement also applies to accepting jobs from your previous employers. He gave an example: “If your exact same employer lays you off or furloughs you because of COVID and then asks you to come back and you’re getting unemployment benefits…if you don’t take that back the Texas workforce commission will cut off your unemployment benefits.”

However, according to Dunn, there are exceptions to the rule. Under OSHA rules, employees can refuse to work if it’s a dangerous environment. Therefore, employees are not required to return to their old job “if, for example, they had an employer who didn’t provide masks or had an unsafe environment.”

To view the KHOU 11 news segment and accompanying article, click here.

To speak to the employment lawyers at Rogge Dunn Group, click here.

MEDIA

Why Wall Street’s biggest wealth managers could face an avalanche of lawsuits thanks to one judge’s ruling
READ MORE
FDA Concedes COVID Shots Trigger Baby Seizures, Re-Recommends Them Anyway
READ MORE
Executive Travel: Deer Valley in Park City, Utah
READ MORE
The Importance Of Giving Back To Community: What Drives Rogge Dunn Group To Improve And Provide Professional Services
READ MORE
LOANDEPOT, CARDINAL SUED OVER ALLEGED DECEPTIVE PRACTICES
READ MORE
HONORING OUR NATION’S HEROES
READ MORE
The Importance of Being Earnest
READ MORE
KEY INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS IN MARCH
READ MORE
Social Media Scrutiny Continue Education Testing Tip and More
READ MORE
Several Developments in January are of Interest to Financial Advisors
READ MORE
Rogge’s Roundup: Several developments in January are of interest to financial advisors — February 16, 2023
READ MORE
Rogge’s Roundup: Social Media Scrutiny, Continuing Education Testing Tip and more – March 15, 2023
READ MORE
Rogge’s Roundup – Key Industry Developments in March
READ MORE
Rogge Dunn Group Relaxes, Ramps Up Team Building During Cancun Weekend
READ MORE
$1.75 million settlement finalized in lawsuit against Collin DA, top county officials
READ MORE
Stifel’s Raiding Suit Against RIA Adds to Pile of High-Stakes Claims
READ MORE

Contact Us Today!

Contact us to learn how we can help answer your legal questions.

FILL OUT FORM