Goodwill’s Workforce Development Program helps Houstonians get back to work in troubling times
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Desk shortage forces people to get creative about workspaces
Millions of kids logging onto virtual school this fall has parents scrambling to find furniture for them. But John Furner, who runs Walmart’s U.S. stores, acknowledged low stocks of kid’s desks and laptops in a ABC News interview on Sept. 11. “It’s not as cute or trendy as a bought desk and I wish it had drawers for storage,” said Fry. Will the homemade desk make it through the school year? “I could not believe in three weeks how much damage he’s done to this desk.”_____Follow Joseph Pisani on Twitter @ josephpisani
Texas Workforce Commission pays $20 million in benefits to self-employed Texans, freelancers
The Texas Workforce Commission paid out over $20 million in benefits Thursday to those who are eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The federal program allows people who are self-employed, freelancers or seeking part-time employment to be eligible for benefits. This week, the commission converted 145,000 unemployment claims to the PUA program, comprising about 40% of the more than 365,000 new claims this week, commission spokesman Cisco Gamez said at a media briefing Friday. Workers eligible for PUA must submit their 2019 tax forms to the commission by Dec. 26. Once the tax forms are received, the Texas Workforce Commission verifies past wages, and workers might become eligible for more weekly benefits, which can be backdated, Gamez said.
Resources in Houston and Texas you can use if you lost your job
As many non-essential businesses have been forced to close indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic, some employers have laid-off their staff. Due to the influx of shoppers who are emptying shelves, many stores around Houston are in need of more staff to keep business running soundly. Applying for unemploymentJobless workers can apply for unemployment benefits online or by calling the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) at 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Eligibility for unemployment benefits evaluated by TWC based on the following criteria:Past wages“Your past wages are one of the eligibility requirements and the basis of your potential unemployment benefit amounts. We use the taxable wages, earned in Texas, your employer(s) have reported paying you during your base period to calculate your benefits.
ExxonMobil shows Spring ISD girls how they can change the world | HOUSTON LIFE | KPRC 2
ExxonMobil shows Spring ISD girls how they can change the world | HOUSTON LIFE | KPRC 2Published: February 20, 2020, 4:03 pmHundreds of middle school girls from Spring ISD partnered with female volunteers from ExxonMobil at the ExxonMobil Girls Engineering Festival. The event was designed to spark girls’ interest about the field, build confidence in their problem-solving abilities, and show them that if they want to be an engineer, they can be. Students took on fun, interactive engineering challenges, and got to interview female ExxonMobil engineers about their experiences.