Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Helping Residents with COVID-19 Employment Questions
While low-wage workers are the most likely to suffer from the impacts of coronavirus, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid is available to help as people navigate their employment issues during the pandemic. They're reminding clients that:
- Workers affected by COVID-19 may now qualify for an additional $600 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefits, until July 31, 2020.
- Eligible workers now include independent contractors, gig workers like rideshare drivers, and people who had already used up their 26 weeks of unemployment benefits.
- To get benefits, you must complete an application with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). TWC has said that workers may be eligible to have their applications backdated to the time of their layoff due to system delays caused by so many people applying for benefits at this time.
TRLA developed extensive resources specific to these issues, which can be found online.