The CARES Act & the Texas Workforce Commission’s Updates: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation & HUP Benefits

By July 15, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

First, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) would like to remind claimants that the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) will end the week of July 25, 2020. FPUC currently provides an additional $600 per week to claimants impacted by COVID-19. However, claimants will continue to receive regular unemployment benefits for the remainder of their claim after July 25, 2020. Claimants on regular benefits will receive up to a potential 59 weeks and 46 weeks for those on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The length of time benefits will be available is subject to a claimant’s eligibility as well as state economic indicators.

Also, the Department of Labor (DOL) notified the TWC that they triggered onto High Unemployment Period (HUP). HUP triggers when the seasonally adjusted total unemployment rates (TUR) exceeds 8 percent and were greater than 110 percent of the corresponding rate in prior years. In May 2020, Texas’s seasonally adjusted rate was 13 percent and they triggered on Extended Benefits (EB) on May 31, 2020, providing up to an additional 13 weeks of benefits starting July 4, 2020. Therefore, starting on July 5, 2020, HUP will allow up to 7 weeks, or 30 percent of the regular maximum balance, immediately after the conclusion of EB. The TWC anticipates transitioning to HUP the week ending October 3, 2020. Claimants who qualify for EB will transition to HUP the week of October 3, 2020. EB and HUP benefits are only available while Texas meets the DOL’s qualifications. If Texas triggers off these qualifications, additional weeks will no longer be available. Individuals may file for benefits or request payments on the state’s webpage at ui.texasworkforce.org. Yet please be aware that the TWC will automatically enroll current claimants in HUP and that claimants should continue to file timely if they are still unemployed.

 

Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at https://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.

 

Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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