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Seal of the State of Texas



101 E. 15TH STREET, ROOM 630

AUSTIN, TEXAS 78778-0001


Dear Texas Employer,


In July, 2015, I was appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as the Commissioner Representing Employers. As a TWC Commissioner, I take great pride in our agency serving as a first line of resources for Texas employers, and I believe Especially for Texas Employers is one such resource. Within this guidebook, you will find valuable information on a variety of workplace issues, including important state and federal laws, key employer contact information, unemployment and tax information, and samples of resource materials as well.


As the Commissioner Representing Employers, I am committed to helping prepare businesses for today's workforce challenges, and I value the role TWC plays in providing Texas employers information regarding state and federal employment laws. Together, our agency will work as your partner so that Texas businesses can continue contributing to the economic success of our great state.


Our state's legislative leadership has put a lot of effort into ensuring that Texas businesses can successfully start, steadily nurture, and ultimately expand - right here at home. And the "secret to our success" is simple, really: in Texas, we have worked very hard to be known as a state that welcomes businesses - large and small - with open arms. As a result, Texas continues to enjoy a level of economic success that other states are hard-pressed to match.


As an employment law attorney and manager, as well as a former business owner, I am looking forward to working with the more than 485,000 employers across our great state. Together, let's keep working to ensure that Texas remains the best state in the nation to operate a business.



Commissioner Hughs' signature

Ruth R. Hughs
Commissioner Representing Employers


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