The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 provides economic assistance to individuals who have faced income loss because of business shutdowns to curb the spread of the virus.

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) extends up to 39 weeks of state unemployment benefits to people not normally covered by state benefits. This includes the self-employed, contract and gig economy workers, certain nonprofit employees, those who have exhausted other unemployment insurance benefits, individuals working part-time, and those otherwise ineligible. In Florida, the amount is generally $275 a week. If you’re not sure you’re eligible, apply anyway – you have nothing to lose.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is for those receiving any amount of Florida Reemployment Assistance benefits, whether traditional or PUA. This includes an additional $600 weekly benefit. FPUC benefits began in late March and end July 31, 2020.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced in late April that self-employed and gig workers who applied before April 5 and were denied benefits should reapply, and their claims will be re-evaluated.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, by Executive Order 20-104, suspended the biweekly “actively seeking work” reporting requirement. As of April 16, claimants do not need to recertify every two weeks to receive Reemployment Assistance benefits.
To review account updates and claim Reemployment Assistance benefits, use the CONNECT portal.

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