Tag Archives: Texas Workforce Commission

JET grant provides medical training

STC recently received a $223,109 JET grant to assist in training for careers in the medical profession. (photo STC)

STC award provides 150 with training South Texas College is the recipient of a $223,109 Jobs and Education for Texans grant (JET grant) from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant helps the college purchase and install equipment to provide 150 students with training for careers in the medical profession. This includes positions such as licensed practical and vocational nurses. The JET program provides funding for equipment for the purpose of developing…

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Alvarez confirmed state labor commissioner

Harlingen resident confirmed by Texas Senate The Texas Senate has recently confirmed Julian Alvarez III of Harlingen as the State Labor Commissioner on the Texas Workforce Commission. Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed him on March 7, with his appointment expiring Feb. 1, 2023. In his previous role as president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, Alvarez fostered local partnerships to stimulate both the region’s economic development and job growth.…

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Deadline Approaches for TWC Disabilities Committee

Application deadline June 5 The Texas Workforce Commission is accepting applications to serve on the Advisory Committee for Purchasing from People with Disabilities. The committee comprises 13 members who advise TWC on matters relating to the Works Wonders program, also known as the State Use Program, which assists individuals with disabilities in achieving independence through productive employment. Upcoming Advisory Committee positions include representation from the following: One individual from an…

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Workforce Training for Post-9/11 Era Vet Employees

Skills For Veterans logo

State initiative aims to enhance veteran skills Area business owners, managers and supervisors are invited to attend an upcoming info session about Skills for Veterans. The event is at South Texas College on May 3 from 9-11 a.m. Attendees will learn how to get free workforce training for post-9/11 veterans on their payroll. Skills for Veterans is is part of a Texas Workforce Commission’s initiative aimed at addressing the unique challenges…

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Employment Law is Business Conference Focus

unemployment down

TWC law update for local employers The Texas Workforce Commission encourages local employers to attend the Texas Business Conferences Employment Law Update March 24 in Brownsville to learn about state and federal employment laws and the unemployment claim and appeal process. Speakers will focus on topics geared toward small business owners, human resource managers and assistants. Payroll managers and anyone responsible for the hiring and managing of employees are encourage…

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Required workplace posters are free of charge

Workplace compliance posters are required by TWC

Workplace compliance posters required by law (From the TWC) The Texas Workforce Commission encourages employers to review the requirements for workplace posters in Texas and to be sure that all posters are up-to-date and displayed correctly. TWC also urges all employers to be aware of solicitors who may try to coerce employers to purchase required workplace posters from them. TWC has investigated reports of vendors claiming to be state contractors,…

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TWC Unemployment Insurance tax rates up for 2017

Average tax rate is 1.51 for 2017 For calendar year 2017, the average Unemployment Insurance tax rate for all employers will be 1.64 percent. This is up slightly from 1.46 percent in CY 2016. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the average tax rate for experience-rated employers is 1.51 percent for CY 2017, up from 1.30 percent in CY 2016. The employer-paid UI taxes replenish the Texas Unemployment Compensation Trust…

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