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How Temporary Work Affects Your Unemployment Benefits in Texas

Updated : June 21st, 2019

Working on a temporary job course-work is like gaining some respectable payment on their dislocation of the full time job. Dislocated workers will be paid payroll to their bills exertion that can assist in meeting and their living expenses. However the workers who were put out of their jobs will be facilitated to receive unemployment insurance compensation based on the working hours of the temporary jobs.

Working on temporary jobs affect the claimant’s weekly unemployment benefits. Check amount of the unemployment benefit. It will be based on the money that they have earned in their temporary jobs compared to the duration of time they have worked in their part time jobs.

Covered Employment in Texas

The present wage-less dislocated workers should have been worked during four of the last five quarters. States consider this as the base period, where Texas is not exempted.

Generally wage less employees who are exempted under covered employment of Texas are the family members, babysitters, independent contractors and ministers who work for non-profit organizations.

Amount of Weekly Benefits of Texas

The amount of unemployment insurance gross wages of an unemployed worker earned will be determined on the base period subjected to the weekly benefit.

Workers who have earned high wages will generally receive greater weekly benefit checks. However your weekly benefit amount will be calculated on the highest quarter earnings of your base period.

How is your Weekly Benefit Calculated?

High quarters of the total earning will be divided by 25 to get your weekly benefit amount.

This amount will be adjusted to the inside allowed range of benefit amount in Texas. Weekly benefit amount will be ranged between $61 and $426 based on your wages earned in your previous job.

Remember your maximum or total benefit amount will be the least amount of 26 times the weekly amount. In the other words, 27 percent of all your wages in the base period is considered to estimate your possible UI Benefit.

Partial Benefit in Texas

If an employee takes up the temporary job then the amount he earns on the temporary job will be deducted from his weekly unemployment insurance benefits. For instance, if an individual earns about $200 in his part time job and the weekly unemployment is rated as $500 then the weekly unemployment benefit will be just $200.

If in case any part time jobs offers the paychecks more than the amount expected under Texas unemployment benefits then you may not be eligible to receive the unemployment benefit check.

If part time job ends before the claim of unemployment insurance claim expired, then the claimant needs to contact the Texas Unemployment Office. You can reopen the benefit claim and can start receiving unemployment compensation check again.

Continue to Meet Eligibility Requirements on New Assignment or Work

You should also understand that though you receive your unemployment benefit there are some factors that may affect your compensation.

In order to be eligible for continuing the benefits you need to contact your temporary help agency after completion of an assignment either by e-mail, in person or over phone (1-800-939-6631)  by the next working day.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) cannot pay you benefits, if you apply for benefits before seeking a new assignment and waiting three business days for an assignment. The rules apply whether you are a full-time or part-time worker for the temporary help agency.

  1. Are you able to receive unemployment in the state of Ga if you receive lump sum severance (which was the same pay as a 2 week regular paycheck)

    1. Sid,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    1. Jose,

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      1. I’m confused the article is about extending unemployment benefits in Texas but there hasn’t been any approved Emergency extensions since 2013. Can you clarify this.

        1. Glo,

          The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. I’m attemptiing to file my first weekly claim since my layoff, however, my PIN# is not correct. what do I do to get my correct PIN# , please?

  3. I have exhausted my unemployment benefits in Texas but my calendar year does not end until September. Do I have to wait until the calendar year is over in Texas, to apply for unemployment benefits in New York in which I have available quarters?

    1. Mattie,

      As much as I am aware, UI benefits are only a one-time cycle. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  4. Help ran out of unemployment benefits for the pass 8 years i have worked at Hexion speciality chemical plant in Brady Texas how can i get my benefits extended

    1. Roderick,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    1. Annette,

      You can visit the official website of the Unemployment Office and ‘login’ to check the claim status. Alternatively, you can also call the Claims Center.

      PS: It should not take 6 weeks to process the initial claim. Please chase at regular intervals.

    1. Jocelyn,

      Unemployment is offered to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office to ascertain if you can apply.

  5. I have been working for the same company for the past 11 years. I started out cleaning apartments, then landscaping and finally Asst. Manager for the past seven years. However, the owner/ manager had us all sign papers claiming we were “Independent Contractors.” I worked Monday thru Friday from 8am – 5pm the entire 11 years. Obviously, in reality, we had Never been “Independent Contractors.”
    Finally, October 2018 we became employee’s. On May 10, 2019 he sold the business which puts us all out of work. I tried filing for unemployment, but, I don’t have enough quarters in. Assuming I’m still out of work, can I wait for the next quarter to end, thus giving me the 2 quarters I need or will it not make a difference.

    1. Lea,

      Why don’t you look at alternate based period? Please use the link below to access the Base Period calculator.

  6. I have been working as an hourly employee for the last 4 months. Currently the board of the nonprofit agency came to me and told me that I had to file a 1099 or go to part time or find a new job. I have a scheduled time that I report to work. What are the laws here in Florida about who can receive a 1099

  7. I am unemployed and currently going to a community college. How can I apply for federal assistance?

    1. Carol,

      If you’re able and available for full-time employment, you can directly go to the website of the Unemployment Office and apply.

  8. I have worked in AZ since March 2016. However, I moved lived and worked for my employer in CA since 08/02/1982. Can I apply for Cali unemployment benefits?

    1. Robert,

      You should be applying from the state where your employment was based. Employers generally remit unemployment taxes to the state where the employee is based.

      1. How long does it take Washington state unemployment to deposit your back pay after they receive the determination letter from OAH stating I won my appeal?

  9. I have been trying for over a month to file and I still do not seem to be able to do it, but I finally got to the correct place, I think.

  10. Cumberland NJ Unemployment Center kept me on hold for 2 hours; I finally had someone answer my call, after providing my information and question regarding the status of my NJ Unemployment Claim the representative disconnected my call.

  11. Excellent list of things to help execute better. Even taking 3 or 4 of these that one does not currently utilize could help immensely.

    1. How did you calculate the total weekly Illinois benefit of $1495? Also, why isn’t Washington and Minnesota listed in your top 5 states with the highest paid unemployment insurance compensation?

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