UNEMPLOYEMENT BENEFITS

Economic Impact Payments

  • Who is Eligible?
    • Americans with an annual income below $75,000 ($150,000 for those filing jointly) are eligible for a payment of $1,200 (or $2,400 for joint filers) with an additional $500 per child age 16 or younger.

  • How to Apply?
    • Payments will be made automatically to taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2018 or 2019 and to seniors receiving Social Security benefits.  For those with bank account information on file, payments will be delivered electronically to those accounts within the next few weeks.  The IRS is continuing to develop procedures for getting payments to others, including those on Social Security Disability and the disabled veterans, who qualify for payments but are not required to file tax returns or who have not provided bank information.  As you Member of Congress, I am continuing to press the IRS to get payments out to everyone who is eligible quickly, and I will provide updated information through my website on payments as it becomes available.

Unemployment Insurance

  • Who is Eligible?
    • If you have lost your job, been furloughed or seen your hours cut, you may be eligible for additional employment benefits.  Through July 31,  2020, unemployed workers will be eligible for $600 weekly payments in addition to state benefits.  During the COVID-19 outbreak, there is no seven-day waiting period for benefits, and self-employed and other workers not previously eligible for Unemployment Insurance may have access to these benefits if they are out of work.

  • How to Apply?
    • You can file immediately for assistance through the Texas Workforce Commission at https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-services#applyBenefits or by phone at 800-939-6631.  Be sure to have the following information on hand so that you can quickly receive your benefits:
      • Your last employer’s business name, address and phone number
      • First and last dates (month, day and year) you worked for your last employer. If you worked for your last employer on more than one occasion, provide the most recent employment dates.
      • Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked the week you apply for benefits (Sunday through Saturday)
      • Information about the normal wage for the job you are seeking

Sick and Family Leave

  • Who is Eligible?
    • If you are ill with the coronavirus, caring for someone who is sick, subject to quarantine for possible exposure, or caring for your children due to school or daycare closure, you may be eligible for paid sick or family leave through your employer.  Under legislation passed by Congress, employees of businesses with 500 or fewer employees may be eligible for two weeks of fully paid sick leave (up to $511 per day) and up to twelve weeks of paid family leave at a rate equal to two-thirds of your regular salary (up to $200 per day).  Employers will receive tax credits to cover the cost of the leave, and self-employed individuals are eligible for tax credits if they are unable to work due to illness or closures related to COVID-19.