• Changes To Texas Unemployment Laws During COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Changes To Texas Unemployment Laws During COVID-19 Pandemic


    TFFA Coronavirus Alert

    Changes to Texas Unemployment Laws
    During COVID-19 Pandemic


    March 25, 2020

    • Employers can use the Employer Benefits Services (EBS) portal to submit a Mass Claim Request to streamline the unemployment benefits claims process if faced with a business shutdown or temporary or permanent layoffs
      • More information about Mass Claims is available here
      • Employers who are new to EBS will need to create an EBS Administrator account when they first log on 
      • Employers are encouraged to sign up for Electronic Correspondence so they can receive communications online 
    • Employers who have already laid off employees cannot use EBS to submit a Mass Claim
      • Employers who have 10 or more employees affected by the pandemic should e-mail the Mass Claims Coordinator at ui.massclaims@twc.state.tx.us and ask for Mass Claims documents to submit manually 
      • E-mails must include the employer’s name, address, phone, and fax number, and TX Workforce Comm’n Tax Account Number; a contact person’s name (authorized representative with signature authority) and e-mail address, phone and fax numbers; and the layoff date and the number of employees affected
    • Employers can use EBS to submit a Shared Work Plan and find out how to avoid laying off workers by reducing the hours of some employees, who can also receive partial unemployment benefit payments
      • More information about Shared Work is available here
    • Employers can also call 866-274-1722
    • Employers must continue to report employee wages and pay unemployment taxes
    • Employers’ responses to a Notice of Application for Unemployment Benefits should include information about how their businesses have been impacted by the coronavirus
    • When former employees are eligible for unemployment benefits, affected employers will continue receiving Notices of Maximum Potential Chargeback and will continue to be billed for benefits paid 
      • Employer tax accounts may be protected from chargebacks because Governor Greg Abbott has declared a disaster relating to the pandemic
    • Employers must communicate their attendance policies to their staff and should consider creating a flexible plan to manage any need to change sick leave policy to cover staffing during the pandemic and to handle attendance issues

    Please continue to visit the TFFA Coronavirus Resources Page for up to date information.

    For more information, contact:
    Scott Fisher, Sr. Vice President of Policy & Public Affairs, at 512.617.4308 / sfisher@tffa.com
    Texas Food & Fuel Association
    401 W 15th St, Ste 510, Austin, TX 78701

    info@tffa.com  /  512.476.9547  /  www.tffa.com

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