If you lost your job due to the coronavirus outbreak and filed for unemployment a couple of weeks ago, you need to request your unemployment checks now. The Texas Workforce Commission will not automatically send your payment to you.
“You must request payment to receive benefits. Request benefit payment as instructed, approximately one to two weeks after you apply for benefits, and every two weeks after that,” reads a statement on the Texas Workforce Commission’s website. “You can find the date you are scheduled to request payment online using TWC’s Unemployment Benefits Services or by calling Tele-Serv at 800-558-8321.”
To break it down, here’s what you need to do to request payment:
- Request payment about 1-2 weeks after you’ve applied for benefits and every 2 weeks after that
- Find the date you are scheduled to request payment online using TWC’s Unemployment Benefits Services or by calling Tele-Serv at 800-558-8321
- Answer any questions regarding your work and earnings
Over the last few weeks, the number of people applying for unemployment by phone or online has been so great that the Texas Workforce Commission was unable to handle the demand. As a result, the TWC has added about 1,000 workers to receive phone calls and improved online resources to accommodate the increased demand.
The TWC has recently announced it would be waving the usual deadlines to file unemployment claim applications and that it would also backdate unemployment claims to the date an applicant lost his or her job or had his or her hours reduced. Additionally, the requirement to look for work is waived for now given current world events.