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Summary: Many counties hire temporary workers to facilitate elections. These temporary employees work leading up to and on Election Day. Texas labor laws allow these workers to apply for and receive unemployment benefits. The state is the entity responsible for paying these benefits. HB 983 would include these temporary workers, who make less than $1000 in a year working as election employees, in the list of workers prohibited from applying for unemployment benefits.
Analysis: HB 983 complies with existing federal statute and is supported by the Texas Workforce Commission. Temporary employees who work a few days out of the year and earn less than $1000 from that job should not be able to draw unemployment compensation from that employer. HB 983 relieves the state from unnecessary costs, which would have to paid for by the taxpayers. We support HB 983.