The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on businesses worldwide. From large corporations to mom-and-pop corner stores; from offices to retail and restaurants—every business has had to alter their operations in some way. 93% of business owners predicted that the pandemic would negatively impact their business in some way.
According to Yelp’s Local Economic Impact Report, over 97,000 businesses have closed permanently due to the impact of COVID-19. Unemployment rates continue to be on the rise, and the Texas government has incorporated several measures to improve the availability of unemployment benefits.
Learn more about unemployment benefits—including eligibility, and when to seek legal aid—below.
How to Determine Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits
When the initial stay-at-home orders were announced in spring 2020, many businesses pivoted and transitioned to working remotely. But not every job is able to be performed at home, and some businesses were forced to close as a result. Business owners, self-employed workers, independent contractors, and employees across a wide variety of industries suddenly found themselves without a job.
In order to qualify for unemployment benefits, employees must meet specific requirements and each state has its own eligibility criteria.
The state of Texas provides benefits to employees who are unemployed or have had their working hours drastically cut. This includes layoffs, a reduction of hours or wages not related to employee misconduct, being let go for reasons other than misconduct, or resigning with good cause related to work. Employees who have resigned of their own free will or who have been fired are typically not eligible for unemployment benefits, although some exceptions may apply.
When to Get Legal Help
If you have been fired without reasonable cause, you may be able to contest your eligibility for unemployment benefits. You should also seek legal help if you require assistance with filing for benefits.
At HooverSlovacek LLP, we have successfully assisted thousands of people with unemployment benefits claims. If you are concerned about your unemployment benefits or you want to learn more about your options, our attorneys are here to help. Call our office at (713) 977-8686 to discuss your rights and your options today.