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 North Texas community, with the temporary shutdown of non-essential businesses across the state. However, many of those businesses are re-opening and may need help, and local companies also have critical hiring needs as a result of the crisis. If you’ve been displaced or furloughed because of the pandemic, 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, health-care 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, child care 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 compensating employees. Visit the Good Jobs Institute website for more information.
Many national organizations are also looking to hire. Here’s a current list:
- UT Southwestern has job opportunities in nursing, advanced practice, research, professional and support services, and more.
- H-E-B/Central Market has openings for cashiers, curbside shoppers, stockers, sales representatives, chefs and food-safety managers.
- 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. The company has current openings in IT, finance, procurement, human resources, transportation, logistics and supply chain.
- Tom Thumb + Albertsons stores are looking for additional workers for all 98 locations across the metroplex. Positions available include stocking, front end, delivery, e-commerce pickers and delivery drivers for e-commerce. You can apply online or in-store by speaking with a store director.
- The Kroger family of companies has thousands of available jobs nationally. Right now there are more than 200 openings listed in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.
- Aldi needs to fill thousands of temporary positions, as well as new permanent positions, for its 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 needs fleet members to deliver groceries, takeout and more.
- CVS plans to immediately fill 50,000 jobs across the U.S. The company needs more store associates, home-delivery drivers, distribution center employees, and customer-service professionals.
- Walgreen’s has announced it will add 9,500 full-time and part-time roles, both temporary and permanent, in stores across the U.S.
- Amazon is nationally hiring 100,00 new employees in fulfillment centers and in its delivery network.
- Walmart plans to hire 150,000 temporary workers to keep up with demand.
- Walmart Distribution Center is also offering supply chain jobs.
- Target has thousands of jobs currently listed nationally, in all areas of the stores.
- Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree continue increased hiring nationwide to keep up with the demands of the pandemic.
- Ahi Facility Services is looking for people to fill janitorial roles. The company cleans several businesses in North Texas and beyond.
- Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and Domino’s are hiring thousands of workers to meet increased takeout demand.
- 7-Eleven plans to add 20,000 workers to keep up with demand. Jobs include delivery people for the new 7NOW delivery app.
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 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, 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.
Note: TWC has reported an enormous increase in calls since the pandemic began. 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, employers may be required to temporarily extend benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.