Open Texas Pauses to Help Control COVID-19 Progression
On Friday, June 24, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott officially paused the phased reopening of
Texas as COVID-19 hospitalizations increased in some of the state's largest cities. The
Governor ordered Bars to close and scaled back restaurant occupancy to 50 percent. As the
increase COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations was a set-back, Texas continues to move forward
in preparing the workforce for the eventual full reopening of the state and the increase
in manpower needs of businesses.
statewide skills initiative was launched in June targeting the thousands of Unemployment
Claimants in the state. The offering provides claimants access to on-line courses to help
improve and upgrade their skills, allowing them to compete more effectively for high demand jobs.
Other workforce related updates in Texas include the following:
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- Work search paused for UI Claimants -
effective Friday, June 30, 2020, the Texas Workforce
Commission announced work search requirements have been paused due to the resurgence of
COVID-19. Previously, work search requirements for individuals receiving Unemployment
Benefits (UI claimants) were slated to restart in July.
- Employers have access to
Work Refusal process and forms to report such activity.
13-Week Extended Benefits extension took effect on May 31, 2020. The state extended
benefit (EB) provides federal reimbursement to the state for up to an additional 13 weeks
of unemployment benefits.