Is Texas' New Unemployment Compensation Law Effective?

Law360, New York (September 19, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT) -- Sept. 1, 2011, marked the effective date of many new statutes in Texas. Texas legislators were busy this session with redistricting, public education, the state budget and the much ballyhooed (and ultimately mostly inconsequential) “loser pays” tort reform legislation. Lost in the shuffle, but of interest to Texas employers contemplating layoffs or reductions in force as the economy remains weak, were amendments to the Texas Labor Code designed to disqualify individuals from receiving unemployment compensation during the period they are receiving severance pay.

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