Coronavirus Employment Resources
The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted employers and employees across the U.S. in unprecedented ways, including our own community, with the temporary shutdown of non-essential businesses across the state and North Texas. However, a number of local companies have critical hiring needs as a result of the crisis. If you’ve been displaced or furloughed due to business closures, here are several resources to help you navigate job opportunities, file for unemployment benefits, and find answers to employment questions.
For additional information regarding current or potential income challenges, check out our Coronavirus Income Resources post.
The Dallas Regional Chamber and Say Yes to Dallas
The partners have created a comprehensive listing of jobs and resources for displaced workers. Several organizations in essential industries including grocery and food, healthcare services, and warehouse and fulfillment are currently hiring large numbers of employees. This site also includes workforce training programs and worker resources on unemployment benefits, childcare and how to get a discounted GoPass Tap Card for DART public transportation.
Get Shift Done
This organization has partnered with restaurant industry leaders in North Texas to offer affected hospitality staff shifts at North Texas based Nonprofits preparing, assembling, and delivering meals at a wage rate of $10/hour
Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is a free job matching service that also offers other services, such as resume building.
Texas Workforce Commission
The workforce commission has set up a COVID-19 resource page for job seekers.
Work in Texas
This online job matching and workforce services system provides fast access to a complete set of employment tools.
Good Jobs Institute
This nationwide resource is posting information for workers by city, state and profession, including how to apply for emergency funds or receive compensation from employers. For example, if you work for a national retail company, many retailers have closed brick and mortar storefronts but are still temporarily compensating employees, from Lululemon, to J. Crew, to Nordstrom, to Warby Parker, and a list of others. Visit the Good Jobs Institute website.
Many national organizations are also looking to hire. Here’s a current list:
- COSTCO has opened up a seasonal hiring period to help with the increase in demand.
- PepsiCo has said it will hire 6,000 full-time, full benefit workers across the U.S. in the coming months.
- Tom Thumb + Albertsons stores are looking for approximately 30 additional workers for all 98 locations across the metroplex. Positions available include stocking, front end, delivery, e-commerce pickers, delivery drivers for e-commerce. You can apply online or in-store by speaking with a store director.
- Kroger has more than 6800 hundred jobs are listed on the job site nationally. Right now there are around 240 in the greater DFW area.
- Aldi is looking to fill 5,000 temporary positions and taking on 4,000 new permanent workers for stores and distribution centers.
- Instacart is hiring 300,000 workers who shop at grocery stores for its customers then deliver the goods to their house.
- Postmates is in need of “fleet members” to deliver groceries, takeout and more.
- CVS plans to immediately fill 50,000 jobs across the U.S. company needs more store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees, and customer service professionals.
- Walgreen’s has announced it will be adding 9,500 full- and part-time and temporary roles in stores across the U.S.
- Amazon is nationally hiring 100,00 new roles in fulfillment centers and in its delivery network. The company is also increasing hourly pay for United States workers by $2/hour.
- Walmart plans to hire 150,000 temporary workers to keep up with demand.
- Walmart Distribution Center is also offering supply chain jobs.
- Target has 9000 jobs currently listed nationally. The job site lists round 230 jobs for the greater DFW area.
- Dollar General plans to double its typical hiring rate and hire 50.000 workers by the end of April.
- Family Dollar is in need of employees to work in retail locations.
- Dollar Tree is hiring cashiers, stockers, warehouse associates, part-time and full-time management nationwide.
- Ahi Facility Services is looking for people to fill janitorial roles. The company cleans several businesses in North Texas and beyond.
- Papa John’s is planning to add an additional 20,000 new workers. With “most” applicants starting on the same day.
- Pizza Hut is hiring for more than 30,000 jobs nationwide. Available jobs include drivers, cooks, shift leaders, restaurant managers and call center workers.
- Domino’s has also announced it is hiring.
- 7-Eleven is planning on adding an additional 20,000 workers to keep up with demand. Jobs include delivery people for the new 7NOW delivery app.
- North Texas Food Bank is hiring for the warehouse and drivers.
- Brightspring Health is looking for individuals who want to work in the healthcare industry.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
If you’ve been laid off or otherwise impacted by your company’s downsizing, call the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) at 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit the TWC website to find answers regarding unemployment, including how to file for Texas unemployment benefits. A few good news highlights:
- The one week waiting period to file for unemployment benefits has been waived.
- The requirement to look for a job while on benefits has also been waived.
- If you are experiencing delays in getting your unemployment benefits application processed, Congress has provided $1 billion in emergency administrative grants to increase states’ capacity to process unemployment applications, make payments, and provide a federally funded extra week of benefits.
Note: TWC has reported the largest spike in calls ever on March 26 with 1.7 million calls. TWC is urging workers who were denied before to continue to apply for unemployment as there are more federal dollars flowing that could affect those previously denied.
Guaranteed Sick Leave Reforms
If your ability to work has been impacted by COVID-19, your employer may be required to temporarily provide full paid sick leave. If you were a full-time employee at a company with less than 500 employees, your company is now required to provide two weeks (80 hours) paid sick leave. If you were a part-time employee, they are also required to do the same on a pro-rated basis.
Paid Family Medical and Leave (FMLA) Program
If you are an employee who must stay home to care for minor children whose schools or care providers are unavailable due to COVID-19, some employers may be required to temporarily extend Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits to accommodate. Specific information can be found here.