Unemployment

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 provides economic assistance to individuals who are facing income loss because of business shutdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19. As part of the overall assistance plan, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provided an additional $600 weekly benefit for those receiving any amount of Florida Reemployment Assistance benefits. Although this benefit ended on July 31, 2020, Reemployment Assistance, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits remain available.

PUA extends unemployment benefits up to 39 weeks for people not normally covered by state benefits. In Florida, the amount is up to $275 a week. You can apply if you are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation. To qualify for PUA benefits, you must be unemployed, partially unemployed, or unable or unavailable to work because of certain health or economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PEUC provides up to $275 a week for up to 13 weeks to claimants who have exhausted their Reemployment Assistance benefits. Floridians would need to apply for PEUC benefits once the balance of their current claim is exhausted.

If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible for one or more of these programs, apply anyway – you have nothing to lose.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced in late April that self-employed and gig workers who applied before April 5 but were denied benefits should reapply, and their claims will be re-evaluated.

Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended the biweekly “actively seeking work” reporting requirement until September 2, 2020, so 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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