HOUSTON – We are always working to answer your top questions and concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the Houston area. Here are a few of your top questions with the answers below.
My husband called into work one day with no coronavirus related symptoms, his job told him he must go get tested and return with a note. Why?
We are seeing more and more of this. Employers can ask an employee to take a test before returning to work. Especially since it seems like some people are experiencing odd symptoms and end up having coronavirus. We heard of one case of a person just having stomach troubles and their employer asked them to get tested. The result was positive.
If you applied for unemployment in 2019 and got denied will it deny you in 2020? I was laid off because of the virus but was denied help.
Unless TWC knows the circumstances of why you got denied, it’s hard to answer. They should have given the exact reason. Each case of unemployment is being evaluated individually (which would also explain why people are having to wait longer for help). In normal times, people can reapply every quarter, which moves the quarters for the base period up and may help their eligibility.
You can read more about unemployment benefits at TWC.Texas.gov.