30 April 2020 – Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) guidance for unemployment claimants

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Social Services
Level of Jurisdiction: TX
Lead People/Agency: Governor Greg Abbott

Overview: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has issued new guidance to unemployment claimants concerning their eligibility for unemployment benefits should they choose not to return to work at this time due to COVID-19. Under this guidance, Texans can continue to receive unemployment benefits throughout the COVID-19 response if they choose not to return to work for certain reasons as specified by TWC.
Full details here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-new-twc-guidance-for-unemployment-claimants

Type of Justification: Anecdotal Evidence (e.g. social or traditional media with limited evidence base)
Evidence/Justification: “As the Lone Star State begins the process of safely and strategically opening the economy, our top priority is protecting the health and safety of all Texans—especially those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “This flexibility in the unemployment benefit process will help ensure that Texans with certain health and safety concerns will not be penalized for choosing not to return to work.”