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Employment and Financial Resources During COVID-19


 

COVID-19 Stimulus Check FAQs

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities issued a statement on June 11, 2020 stating, "About 12 million Americans risk missing out on their stimulus payments because they must file a form by October 15 to receive it. To receive the payment this year, these individuals must provide their information to the IRS no later than October 15 through either a 2019 tax return or the IRS “Non-Filer” tool, a simplified online form for people not required to file a tax return." Click here to access the IRS "Non-Filer" tool.

COVID-19 Stimulus Check FAQs was written by Lone Star Legal Aid and Texas Legal Services Center. Also review Lone Star Legal Aid's COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Payments: Advice for Attorneys to Give to Clients, Based on a Client Situation for additional information.

For the most updated information, please review the IRS's FAQs on Economic impact payments: What you need to know. The IRS issues warning about COVID 19-related scams. Watch out for scams tied to your stimulus payments.

You need your money fast! Make sure to read COVID-19 Stimulus Payments What You Need to Know written by Florida's Children First.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid also provides information on:

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas has created an Economic Impact Payment Fact Sheet.

See also Bankruptcy and COVID-19 Stimulus or Recovery Rebate Funds.

 

 

 

COVID-19 Taxes

Read COVID-19: Income Taxes and Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payments written by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid to learn about taxes and how it relates to the COVID-19 Stimulus Payments.

Florida's Children First has written this Income Tax Tip Sheet. This Tip Sheet includes information to consider when filing your taxes.

Lone Star Legal Aid has created this Tax Fact Sheet - COVID-19 as a quick resource guide. You can access it by clicking here.

Also, watch this video by Lone Star Legal Aid's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic on COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Payment and Tax Information.

Unemployment Benefits During COVID-19

Read COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits to learn about unemployment benefits during this COVID-19 crisis. 

The Texas Workforce Commission has information here regarding unemployment benefits. Although you normally have to look for work when receiving unemployment, that requirement has been temporarily paused (as of June 30, 2020). Visit the Texas Workforce Commission web site for the latest. The Commission announced that it expects to make further recommendations in late July 2020.

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas has created the following to assist with unemployment benefits:

The National Employment Law Project has compiled resources for workers, their advocates, and policymakers to help ensure that workers are protected. Find them here. 

Lone Star Legal Aid has created a video to answer some of your frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding unemployment. Watch it here.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid has written two articles about unemployment benefits. Click here to read their FAQs on unemployment benefits and here to learn more about unemployment benefits if you lose your job due to COVID-19.

 

 

Taking Leave During COVID-19

TexasLawHelp has the following information on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) here. 

TexasLawHelp has the following information on the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provides paid leave due to COVID-19, here.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid has written a guide on leave-related rights here. 

Watch this video on Employee Leave during Covid-19 created by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas.

Read COVID-19 Paid Leave written by Lone Star Legal Aid for more information on paid leave rights and sample letters you can provide to your employer to request paid leave.

 

 

 

Things Your Employer Can and Can’t Do Because of COVID-19

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid has written an article about how employers can (and can't) treat employees due to COVID-19. Click here to read the article.

To learn more about whether your employer can require you to work even though there is an order to shelter-in-place, click here. This article was written by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.

Reasonable Accomodations at Work Due to COVID-19

See Reasonable Accomodations at Work Due to COVID-19 to learn about your requests for reasonable accomodations at work during the pandemic. This article was written by Texas Legal Services Center.

Disability Discrimination in the Workplace during COVID-19

Disability Rights has develped a FAQ addressing workplace disability discrimination issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, read Disability Discrimination at Work Now That COVID-19 is Here.

 

Staying Safe at Work During the Coronavirus

This article from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid talks about safety at work during COVID-19, including your safety rights, how to report safety violations, and general safety tips. Click here to read the article.

Farmworker COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan

Use this Farmworer COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan to evaluate how prepared your workplace is for COVID-19 and how you can take steps to protect yourself from the virus. This document was prepared by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.

Estate Planning During COVID-19

For information regarding wills and estate planning, TexasLawHelp has the following resources here.

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Bankruptcy

For information regarding bankrupcty, TexasLawHelp has the following resources here. Also see: 

The National Consumer Law Center has made its Surviving Debt guide available for free during the COVID-19 crisis. It discusses bankruptcy in Chapters 24 and 25. 

 

 

Student Loan Relief and COVID-19

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid has published a FAQ on COVID-19: Student Loan Relief.

Student loan payment relief has been extended untiled December 31, 2020 as a result of Covid-19. For more information, go to the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid's Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents.

 

Dealing with Debt During COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused much financial hardship. Many people have gone into debt due to businesses having to close. Learn about your options for dealing with housing debt, medical debt, credit card debt, and more here: Debt During COVID-19.