Am I eligible to receive benefits?
You must be unemployed through no fault of your own, and you must have earned sufficient wages in your base period (the first 4 of the last 5 completed calendar quarters before the start date of your claim). Also, you must be able and available for full-time work.
How do I apply for benefits in Texas?
You can apply online at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/ui/unemployment-benefits-services.html#applyBenefits or over the phone.
How much will I receive?
The amount you receive will depend on your base period wages. For an estimate, see the Texas Workforce Commission's Benefits Estimator at https://services.twc.state.tx.us/UBS/changeLocale.do?language=en&country=US&page=/benefitsEstimator.do.
How long will I receive these benefits?
The length of time that you will receive benefits is also based on how much you made during the base period, but not more than 26 weeks.
After I start receiving benefits, what do I have to do to remain eligible?
You must continue to file weekly, and you must respond when contacted by the Texas Workforce Commission. Also, you must continue to be able and available for full-time work. You must actively seek employment, while keeping a record of your work search activities (a sample record can be found in the Claimant handbook). Finally, you must accept suitable work, and this includes considering jobs that pay 75% of your normal wage by your 8th week of unemployment.
I was turned down for benefits. How do I appeal this decision?
An appeal must be filed in writing, and it must be submitted within 14 calendar days from the date the decision was mailed to you. Your appeal can be submitted in person at the nearest Workforce Solutions office, or you can mail or fax your letter to the appeals department (the contact information will be on your determination letter). Also, you must keep filing your weekly claims regularly because you will only be paid for weeks you filed if you win your appeal.
For more information on Texas' unemployment insurance laws:
Visit the State of Texas website http://www.twc.state.tx.us/customers/jsemp/unemployment-benefits.html
Claimant Handbook http://www.twc.state.tx.us/ui/bnfts/bi-99.pdf