Perry rejects $555 million in federal stimulus money
Gov. Rick Perry today told the federal government that Texas doesn’t want $555 million to expand benefits for the unemployed in exchange for widening the program to include part-time workers.
9. Part-Time and Full-Time Employees
The TUCA does not distinguish between part-time and full-time employees in terms of coverage under wage reporting and claim-filing laws. Employers must report the wages of all employees, both part-time and full-time, to TWC. Likewise, there is nothing special about part-time status that prevents an individual who was last employed on a part-time basis from filing an unemployment claim. However, if an employee loses her part-time position with a company and files an unemployment claim, she will be ruled ineligible for UI benefits if she is available only for part-time employment. One of the basic eligibility criteria is that claimants must be available and actively searching for full-time employment, and another provision of the law disqualifies a claimant who refuses an offer of suitable full-time work without good cause (see the following article, “Unemployment Insurance Law – Eligibility Issues”).
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