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Texas Workforce Commision

  • 1.  Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-08-2020 11:43
    I am interested to see if anyone who is an Independent Contractor has had any luck with the Texas Workforce Commission. Absolutely impossible to get through on the phone. I applied, but all of the electronic correspondence sent to me was either useless or completely wrong. The Independent Contractors are supposed to be paid out of the DUA pot of money. If someone out there has a good experience I would like to hear. Thanks and good luck

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    Rutledge Deas
    Professional Land LLC
    Spring TX
    (281) 796-8066
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  • 2.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-08-2020 16:52
    Same here.  I worked as contract in house until yesterday.  Website is down this morning.  They say try after peak hours 12 am to 6 am.  Everything I see to date in my profile has been useless.  They are swamped.  Hopefully as they work through the backlog we will get more information.

    Mike Roach, CPL

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    Michael Roach CPL
    Piper Panther Land LLC
    Spring TX
    (817) 692-3963
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  • 3.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-09-2020 11:56

    Rusty,

     

    I hope you and your family are doing well. 

     

    I hosted a conference call last week with our bank, a Big 8 accounting firm, a national financial advisement firm, some of my competitors and some small business owner friends to pose important questions about this issue.  It is very a fluid situation.  It was amazing how much participation we got on the conference call.  We filed our paperwork yesterday.

     

    I wish the AAPL would host such a call for it's members.

     

    Give me a call at your convenience to go over your questions.

     

    I'm not an expert, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last month.

     

    Best Regards,

     

    Brad

     

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  • 4.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-13-2020 15:11

    Brad

    thanks for your response. With my family this weekend so can I call you next week.

    As you have seen on the form, do you think Independant Landmen are Independant Contractors or Self Employed. 


    you can reach me at rrice@riceranch.net

    stay safe



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    Philip Rice CPL
    Vice President - Land
    Sydri Energy Inc.
    Dallas TX
    (214) 373-8626 Ext 5
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  • 5.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-09-2020 12:48
    From what I read on their website, it appears as though you have to file for regular unemployment first, be denied, then reapply for the Disaster Unemployment Assistance.  It also appears that you have to keep reapplying weekly.  I thought the instructions were very poorly worded and not clear as to the proper protocol.  The information available online was also contradictory to what the President said about the program.  It sounds like each state can still put a cap on what you receive.  That, plus the one week waiting period you don't get paid for until you return to work seems ludicrous to me.  People that need the assistance don't need to wait two weeks (or more) to get help, then have to wait until they return to work to get the first week's unemployment.  Our tax dollars at work!  Let's hope they figure it out soon.  I know they are inundated.  I just feel for those who are really in need.

    Teresa Anthony
    Journey Resources, Inc.
    Lubbock, TX

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    Teresa Anthony
    Journey Resources Inc
    Lubbock TX
    (208) 755-3582
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  • 6.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-13-2020 15:13
    Has anyone been able to file for the Texas Disaster Unemployment Relief?  I also  applied for the SBA $10,000.00 grant and have not heard anything back and it has been over a week.  Wasn't the this a 3 day answer?

    Deb Hill
    Diamond Road Energy LLC
    Petroleum Landman
    Richmond, TX

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    Debbie Hill
    Diamond Road Energy, LLC
    Richmond TX
    (337) 349-0224
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  • 7.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-14-2020 17:35
    Per the news conference yesterday, The Secretary of the Treasury, Mnuchin, says should be by the end of this week,

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    Kelly Miller

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  • 8.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-16-2020 10:39
    Hi Debbie,

    I have applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) through the TWC website. Independent Contractors need to apply as though they are eligible for traditional unemployment insurance through the TWC website. Don't waste any time trying the Tele-Center phone number, it is always busy.   Once that application is denied for traditional unemployment insurance, the TWC will automatically review that application for eligibility in PUA.  I applied a week ago and the TWC has contacted my broker by mail to verify my employment status.  The TWC will communicate with you by electronic correspondence on the TWC website.  The website appears to be getting up to speed to handle the number of requests they are dealing with.  Hopefully the information below will help you and other members start the process of filing.

    This information below is taken directly off the TWC website that was updated on 4/13.

    AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages those who have not yet applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) as a result of COVID-19 to apply now. Individuals affected by COVID-19 can apply for PUA benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or by calling a TWC Tele-Center any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 800-939-6631.When applying, individuals affected by the pandemic should indicate that as the reason they lost their job.

    Pandemic Unemployment Assistance provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits for persons impacted by COVID-19 and covers individuals who are self-employed, who otherwise would not qualify for regular unemployment compensation, or who have exhausted state benefits.

    Additionally, TWC has begun rolling out the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), adding an additional $600 per week for claimants. Individuals receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) or federal extended benefits qualify for the additional $600.

    If you have already applied for traditional UI benefits, you do not need to take any further action to quality for PUA. Do not apply for benefits again. TWC will review eligibility for PUA for all existing applicants automatically and notify claimants by mail or electronic correspondence of their eligibility. 

    If you are an independent contractor, self-employed or a 1099 worker, you have until December 26, 2020 to provide your 2019 Internal Revenue Service Form 1040 and Schedule C, F, or SE.

    Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dated March 27, 2020, individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or who otherwise would not qualify for regular Unemployment Compensation (UC) or Extended Benefits (EB) under state or federal law or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) under section 2107 may be eligible for assistance under PUA. Coverage may also include individuals who have exhausted their benefits under regular UC or EB claims under state or federal law, or PEUC



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    Joseph Hoefler RPL
    Independent
    Galveston TX
    (281) 748-9716
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  • 9.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-18-2020 11:27
    I have applied for the Federal Disaster Unemployment insurance & will be receiving a small amount. On the State Unemployment side they are not giving me credit for wages that my LLC paid me as a W-2 employee! They are saying that the Landman classification I used for my business is by rule not supposed to pay unemployment to its employees. So even though I have paid myself a salary, paid all State/Federal taxes (except Unemployment taxes) & filed all Income, Sales & Franchise forms I supposedly still am not eligible. Has anyone had this happen to them?

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    Ben Claybour CPL

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  • 10.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-20-2020 15:49

    I see many AAPL members in Texas are having difficulties with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) right now. While we all see the TWC is trying to get up to speed with increased staff and computer system upgrades, these past few weeks have been challenging to say the least. For those denied benefits, the TWC is the agency mandated to process appeals of decisions. If you have not already accessed the TWC appeals process website with instructions on how to file an online appeal, please see the following link:

    https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/how-appeal-decision



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    Russell Cohen
    AAPL Governmental Affairs
    rcohen@landman.org
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  • 11.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-22-2020 15:35
    Independent Contractors are supposed to be recognized as such and once they are they are to be put in the Disaster Unemployment File, since they are not eligible for regular unemployment. All of the talk of increased this and that is not true. There is no communication at all. The TWC is a completely underfunded disaster. It was before Covid-19. It states on their website that once you have applied there is nothing more you need to do. I've sent 30+ pages of tax documents and financial info to the appeals division and not one word from them. Appealing is a waste of time.

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    Rutledge Deas
    Professional Land LLC
    Spring TX
    (281) 796-8066
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  • 12.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-23-2020 13:05
    I've spoken to a number of landmen and I know it's a frustrating situation for nearly everyone.  Independent landmen, although critically important, are somewhat invisible outside of the industry.  I suggest that every Texas independent landman who has applied to the TWC and been shuttled into limbo write a brief, professional letter to Governor Abbot with copies to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, and to your local representative, explaining your frustration.  Landmen in other states should do the same.  I don't know Abbot, but I have met and talked with Patrick, Cruz and Cornyn, if enough people write to them it will get their attention.  Patrick, Cruz and Cornyn are industry supporters and have at least some understanding about how the upstream sector works and I know that they care.  I suspect that Abbot is much the same.

    Will it make a difference? Maybe, maybe not.  But, I don't see that there is much else that can be done and staying silent or talking among ourselves will not move the needle.  The government aid is a political animal and it takes political involvement to solve it.  The demand destruction in the petroleum industry has been so significant that it's going to be a minute before things start to improve, no matter what else happens.  I encourage you all to take this opportunity to make independent landmen visible.

    Good luck and hang in there.

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    Michel Curry JD, CPL
    Midland TX

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  • 13.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-27-2020 10:39
    Perhaps AAPL could sponsor a petition for all the Landmen that have been laid off in the last month that have been unable to have any success with TWC. AAPL could circulate an unemployment survey to its members that could include date of layoff, first attempt to contact TWC and for how long they have been trying. Information could then be sorted by State and the relevant Governors, representatives and administrators contacted on our behalf. In addition to individuals writing letters to representatives, AAPL could also use some of its clout so that the Governor and TWC know the extent of the dysfunctionality of the system.

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    Patrick Tracy
    San Antonio TX
    (210) 542-6636
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  • 14.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-27-2020 11:58
    Could someone provide the emails/addresses we need to write to these officials that might possibly actually reach them?
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    Deb Hill
    Petroleum Landman
    Diamond Road Energy, LLC
    (337) 349-0224
     

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  • 15.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-27-2020 14:12
    To reach Governor Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick:

    TX Governor Greg Abbott
    Office of the Governor
    P.O. Box 12428
    Austin, Texas 78711-2428

    TX Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick
    Office of the Lieutenant Governor
    P.O. Box 12068, Austin, Texas 78711

    U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
    517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
    Washington, DC 20510
    Additional local district offices available here: https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact

    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
    127A Russell Senate Office Bldg.
    Washington, DC 20510
    Additional local district offices available here: https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=general&id=23

    For your own Texas legislators (U.S. Congress and Texas State Senator/Representative), you may use the Texas Legislature representative lookup tool here: https://house.texas.gov/members/find-your-representative/
    to find your members by your location and their contact information.



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    Russell Cohen
    AAPL Governmental Affairs
    rcohen@landman.org
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  • 16.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-27-2020 10:44
    In regards to writing our political leaders concerning the MANY problems with the Texas Workforce Commission, I have the address for The Senators, Governor and Lt. Governor along with the web site where you can type in your address and find your Texas Representative.

    I am sure we all remember the AAPL recently asked the membership to send in a letter to the Governor concerning Orphaned wells. Great letter, I sent one in and asked about 200 of my close email friends to do the same. Now I would like to ask the AAPL to draft a letter the members can send to our leaders concerning the TWC.  If The AAPL has other more pressing business I am sure each and every Landman has the skills to put a letter together. I agree that all this conversation among ourselves has some value but putting a few steps with the words could have a much bigger impact on everyones bank account. Better to pick up the post hole diggers and get busy than to set on the tail gate of your truck swatting fly's.

    The Honorable Governor of Texas;

    Greg Abbott

    Mailing Address

    Office of the Governor

    P.O. Box 12428

    Austin, Texas 78711-2428

    In Person Delivery Address

    Office of the Governor

    State Insurance Building

    1100 San Jacinto

    Austin, Texas 78701

    (512) 463-2000

    web site, https://gov.texas.gov

    Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

    Office of the Lieutenant Governor

    P.O. Box 12068, Austin, Texas 78711

    (512) 463-5342

    Web Site; Contact - Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

    United States Senator John Cornyn

    Washington DC address;

    517 Hart Senate Office Bldg.

    Washington, DC 20510

    Main: 202-224-2934

    North Texas address;

    5001 Spring Valley Road

    Suite 1125 E

    Dallas, TX 75244

    Main: 972-239-1310

    Fax: 972-239-2110

    web site; https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact

    United States Senator Ted Cruz

    Washington DC address;

    Russell Senate Office Bldg.
    127A
    Washington, DC 20510

    (202) 224-5922

    North Texas Address

    3626 N. Hall St.

    Lee Park Tower II

    Suite 410

    Dallas, Texas 75219

    web site; https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=general&id=23

    An easy way to locate your local Texas House of Representatives member use this web site and type in your address;

    https://www.house.texas.gov/members/find-your-representative/ 




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    Walter Harvey
    BAR H Land and Title Services LLC
    Bridgeport TX
    (307) 689-4027
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  • 17.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-23-2020 13:06
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    The Houston Chronicle's article titled as "Texas issues unemployment benefit guidance to contractors, gig, self-employed workers", appears to give some guidance from TWC on how to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance as a self-employed worker through the TWC website. Sounds like the process might take some time to get the money, but the article states that "all workers should continue requesting benefit payments every two weeks, even if they received notice that their claim was denied".
    See the attached article or search for the article title on the web.



    Attachment(s)



  • 18.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-27-2020 10:45
    I have applied multiple time, every week. What did I get today? A Statement of Account showing two requests for payment and $0 Dollars paid out. I have done more than they have asked for. 

    Rutledge Deas 





  • 19.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-22-2020 15:43
    Many of us have been unable to apply either online or through the call center.  The lines are always busy and I can't even log on to TWC's website.  I was successful once at 1:00 a.m., but the site kicked me back off before I could finish and obtain a confirmation number.  It is very frustrating!  I feel for those that are in desperate need.  I know there are thousands in the same boat, so I understand the "why" but not being able to get through on any level after weeks does cause frustration.   Has anyone tried writing TWC in Austin to request the required paperwork?

    Teresa Anthony
    Journey Resources, Inc.
    (208) 755-3582

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    Teresa Anthony
    Journey Resources Inc
    Lubbock TX
    (208) 755-3582
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  • 20.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-13-2020 15:13
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    I am attaching a list of phone numbers that may be helpful that I had received from TWC. They are swamped and I was told they are open 7 days a week due to the backlog. I hope this helps.


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    Christine Drella
    Red River Abstracts, LLC
    Minden LA
    (318) 347-8422
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  • 21.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-14-2020 17:35
    Ms. Drella, thank you for sharing those numbers.


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    William Wooldridge
    Winby Land Services, LLC
    Tyler TX
    (903) 360-6046
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  • 22.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-15-2020 11:15
    Thanks so much for sharing those numbers

    Deb Hill




  • 23.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-18-2020 11:27
    I just applied through TWF. Since I work through a broker but have a LLC my accountant told me to use my LLC as my employer and not my broker. Has anyone else been instructed to do the same?

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    Karin Adams
    Frisco TX
    (618) 534-6060
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  • 24.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-20-2020 15:50
    For any Texas members who have had their unemployment benefit claims denied by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) please see the following link  on how to file a TWC appeal:

    https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/how-appeal-decision



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    Russell Cohen
    AAPL Governmental Affairs
    rcohen@landman.org
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  • 25.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-18-2020 11:28
    I just applied through TWF. Since I work through a broker but have a LLC my accountant told me to use my LLC as my employer and not my broker. Has anyone else been instructed to do the same?

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    Karin Adams
    Frisco TX
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  • 26.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-27-2020 10:43
    Posted April 24 -- 


    UPDATE FROM THE TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION -- Yesterday, WFAA-ABC (DFW) Senior Business/Consumer Reporter Jason Wheeler interviewed Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Executive Director Ed Serna to get answers on the many difficulties Texans have had with their unemployment benefits claims. Many of the same issues noted in the AAPL member discussion forums were also addressed with Serna.

    Among many topics, Wheeler's report and interview answer important questions, including how independent contractor filings work, claimants who previously received TWC benefits but now have trouble accessing their accounts, and how the extra $600/week federal payments are distributed.

    To access Wheeler's report and the 31-minute interview with TWC Executive Director Serna, click below:
    https://www.wfaa.com/article/money/business/right-on-the-money/texas-workforce-commission-executive-director-answers-questions-concerning-benefits-process/287-3094c2b2-7b3e-47fa-85bd-ebb4693c7068




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    Russell Cohen
    AAPL Governmental Affairs
    rcohen@landman.org
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  • 27.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-27-2020 11:58
    I have sent everything possible, including tax forms and still nothing. This is going on over a month now. No one has sent me anything that says all is ok. No deposit, no nothing. I guess I'll have to be the guy who calls 1000 a day to get someone to tell me everything is ok and your money is coming....

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    Rutledge Deas
    Professional Land LLC
    Spring TX
    (281) 796-8066
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  • 28.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-29-2020 17:06
    I started my claim 11 days ago and I got the email that my first two weeks have been sent to my bank for deposit. I got the lowest ($207) plus the additional $600.

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    Karin Adams
    Frisco TX
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  • 29.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-29-2020 17:06
    UPDATE
    I got notified my deposit has been made. It only took 11 days.

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    Karin Adams
    Frisco TX
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  • 30.  RE: Texas Workforce Commision

    Posted 04-30-2020 12:56
    Likewise Karin, I had to fax my 1099's for 2018, provide 2020 bank statements and my 2018 form 1040, but as soon as I sent that all in, I received my first 2 checks that next evening.....advice just be patient, send in your required paperwork, and you will be approved.
    Obviously, it is not what we are accustomed to making but it will pay some bills and the rent/mortgage. Good luck!

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    Thomas Miller
    Seguin TX
    (713) 303-8343
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