Re: Unimployment in Texas

Subject: Re: Unimployment in Texas
From: "David Neeley" <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 10:31:55 -0500

Another esteemed member said about claiming unemployment compensation in

"You and your horse(s) have to make an appearance at the downtown office."

That is incorrect.

In Texas, the claim for unemployment compensation can be made in one of two

*Online, through (note the "apply for benefits"

*By telephone

I have just gone through that process--seeking to apply at one of their
walk-in offices. I was told in no uncertain terms that I had to do one of
the above, and that this is the *only* process that can be followed.

You will give them the information regarding your situation, and they will
do any confirmation that they need--including contacting your prior

If they need additional information thereafter, they will let you know.

Once you are on unemployment, you must keep a log of the contacts you make
in seeking new work; after eight weeks of benefits, you must be willing to
reduce your rate of compensation by a minimum percentage or lose benefits.

It is quite true that Texas is an at-will state as well as a right to work
state (no compulsory unions). In fact, some companies do not permit the
time-honored two week notice--if you attempt to give one, you are
immediately out the door.


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