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How Temporary Work Affects Your Unemployment Benefits in Texas

Author : Jeff

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.

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    1. Angie,

      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. I have exhausted my unemployment benefits in the state of Texas. When I called and asked how to go about with the extension, I was told that the extension were done away with in 2013. I’ve been looking for work and have yet to find something. Is it possible to receive an extension or are my exhausted benefits the end of the line? And if there is a way for an extension, how do I go about the claiming process?

    1. Jarese,

      I can understand your situation. The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available.

  2. I’ve been receiving UI bennifits for 3 months. I was surprised yesterday when I opened an email asking for one of the companies information, why I left, etc. I called the UI office this morning and was told that this fortune 100 company is able to reply, furthermore fight my claim and possibly making me pay back the claim. I’m just very confused how they, the old company can chime in 12 weeks after my claim was already processed. Even more confused, as the original letter has that companies name on it.
    Thanks!

    1. Evan,

      If you suspect something amiss, please raise an issue with the Unemployment Office. This might be a classic case of fraud.

  3. Hi Jeff,
    I am in California and last month I exhausted all of my unemployment, I turned 61 and never thought that age would be such an issue but can’t seem to land a job. Question – if I don’t get a job by the end of my “current benefits years end” can I open a new claim and be able to receive additional unemployment after my current benefits year runs out?
    Thanks, Don

  4. Can you receive unemployment while receiving severance payments or do you need to wait until all severance is paid to start receiving unemployment?

      1. I’m confused. When I called the Texas Workforce Commission they said Emergency Unemployment Compensation has not been offered in Texas since 2013.
        I asked about Extended Benefits. They took my information and I received a determination that I was eligible. The next day I got another determination that I was not eligible due to:
        ” Issue: Insufficient Wages Between Benefit Years
        Decision: Your claim is not valid. We have cancelled your claim and cannot pay you benefits.
        Reason for Decision: Our investigation found you have not earned wages equal to six (6) times
        your weekly benefit amount since the beginning date of your last benefit year.
        Date of Cancelled Claim: 09-22-19
        Beginning Date of Your Last Benefit Year: 09-16-18
        Law Reference: Subsection 207.021(a)(7) of the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act.”

        Actually I had earned ~30k from a severance package since the beginning date of my last benefit year.
        Six times my weekly benefit amount is only~ $3k??

        Any idea?
        Any help would be appreciated.

    1. If you are receiving continuing severance payments, you are not eligible to file for UI benefits until those payments end. You should file your claim after 7 days of the receipt of your last severance payment.

  5. I have been trying very hard to get a number I can call to have one (1), I say again one (1), question answered. I am a contractor and have been working in many states in the course of my career. My last job was here in Mobile AL at ST Engineering Aerospace and I saw something about needing to be employed for 18 months in Alabama to qualify for benefits. I had a claim in Tennessee and they have a way of filing when you have worked in different states. I forget what it is called but my question to you is does Alabama have a way that I can file after working in different states?

    1. Kevin,

      Please note this is a private forum. If you’ve filed from TN, suggest you reach out to the Unemployment Office for clarification.

  6. DO YOU HAVE TO ACCEPT A POSITION THAT HAD OFFERED YOU SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER WAGES THAN YOUR PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT; ESPECIALLY IF THE WAGES DO NOT COVER YOUR MONTHLY FINANCIAL
    OBLIGATIONS?

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