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This is an unprecedented time. The TSFA events that are currently planned are subject to change, depending on guidelines from local and national governmental health organizations. The health and safety of our members is our highest priority. TSFA will continue to share updates throughout our website and in our Texas in Bloom Magazines.
Good Business, Support Your New Hires!
by: TSFA Staff I TExas Workforce Commission
As a Texas employer, you are an essential partner to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). TWC’s mission is to promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to how Texas employers do business, the TWC continues to offer our full support.
On June 3, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Orders announcing the third phase of the plan to reopen businesses and activities in Texas. This results in more employers hiring new or rehiring former employees as they reopen their businesses. TWC wants to remind all employers how important it is to follow the statute to report your new hires and rehires to the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) New Hire Reporting Program.
Federal and State laws require all employers to report new hires and rehires within 20 calendar days of the hire date. Reporting both newly hired individuals and the rehiring of former employees assists TWC in detecting and preventing fraud within the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system. Using the new hire information, TWC can identify UI claimants who have returned to work to ensure earnings are reported. If employers do not report new hire information, TWC cannot identify these claimants until the employer files its quarterly UI taxes. This delay in reporting increases the average overpayment from approximately $416 to $878 per claim.
Reporting new hires prevents unnecessary payments of UI benefits, which reduces taxes that employers pay. In addition, reporting new hires and rehires to the OAG helps the state hold parents accountable for delinquent child support.
Visit the Office of the Attorney General’s website for more information. There are multiple ways to report new hires and you can choose the option that is best for you. It’s not just the law…it’s good business!
If you offered any of your employees a chance to return to work and they refused, TWC needs to know. Please report each individual who refused to return to work on our online Employer Work Refusal Documentation form. (https://apps.twc.state.tx.us/EBS_REF/ewrd/employeeWorkRefusalDoc)
If you used funds from a Paycheck Protection Program loan to pay wages and suspect the employee may have received unemployment benefits for the same period, please report the information to TWC at PPPreporting.BPC@twc.state.tx.us. Include the employee’s name and last 4-digits of their Social Security number, if available.
"The state of Texas is strong; our people, resilient.
As we have seen in years past, when tested by fire, flood, or hurricane, Texans respond with resilience and calm resolve. And just as we overcame those challenges, we will overcome this one.
When neighbors help neighbors, our resilience is redoubled.
I have no doubt that Texans will continue to work together in that spirit over the coming days and weeks.
And we are here to help."
-Governor Greg Abbott
Open Texas Wedding Venues Checklist
by: TSFA Staff
Wedding venues and the services required to conduct weddings may operate. Outdoor venues should be used when possible. Weddings held inside a facility other than a church are limited to 50% of the total listed occupancy of the facility. Employees and contractors of the wedding venue are not counted towards the 50% occupancy limitation...
Governor Abbott Announces Phase III to Open Texas
by: TSFA Staff I Office of the Texas Governor I Gregg Abbott
WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas; and...
The Texas Designer of the Year 2020 Competition has been cancelled
by: TSFA Staff
The State Fair of Texas has determined they are unable to include any presentations this year due to the new rules in place. The TSFA Executive Board has determined that it is best not to hold the competition in 2020 and look to 2021 with great anticipation.
The ATAT Professional Development Conference Will Be Virtual This Year
by: TSFA Staff I ATAT
The Professional Development Conference will move to an online format for 2020.
Upcoming Events 2020
Hosted by: Texas State Florists' Association
TSFA is Excited to Announce the
Texas Floral Expo 2021!
Advertise in Texas In Bloom!
Texas State Florists' Association has been cultivating member success and a solid platform for floral education for the future of the Floral Industry for over 105 Years!
The Texas State Florists' Association Knowledge Base, Level 1 and Level 2 Floral Certifications have been included on the 2019-2020 Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved list of industry certifications.