In a changing economic landscape, we are working hard to provide businesses with support and assistance related to closures, layoffs, and reduced working hours. Please contact our Rapid Response Unit at Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas prior to laying off staff or reducing hours, so we can explore options for your business. Email your name, the name of your business, and a phone number. A staff member will contact you within 24 hours.
Employers are encouraged to enroll in the Shared Work program as an alternative to layoffs. Shared Work helps employers withstand a slowdown in business by supplementing their employees lost wages due to reduced work hours with partial unemployment benefits. Employers can apply through the Texas Workforce Commission’s Employer Benefit Services (EBS) portal online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Mass Claims program streamlines the unemployment benefit claims process for employers faced with either temporary or permanent layoffs. Employers can submit basic worker information on behalf of their employees to initiate claims for unemployment benefits. If you have not laid any staff off yet, or your business is not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and you need to layoff employees, log on to Employer Benefits Services (EBS) and submit your Mass Claim Request online. If you have already laid off staff, please email our Rapid Response Team for more information.