Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Provides Reemployment Assistance Update
By Florida Department of Economic Opportunity // November 5, 2020
DEO has paid 2,081,243 claimants $18.1 billion
(DEO) – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity issued reemployment assistance updates on the Reemployment Assistance Claims Dashboard.
As of November 3, DEO has paid 2,081,243 claimants $18.1 billion ($18,107,978,732). More than 4.3 million (4,301,309) unique claims have been processed, representing 99.1% of unique claims submitted.
• The Department is reminding residents and businesses in counties impacted by Hurricane Sally that the application deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is Friday, November 6.
• Florida residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of Hurricane Sally can apply for DUA.
• DUA is available for weeks of unemployment beginning September 20, 2020, until March 27, 2021, as long as the individual’s unemployment continues to be a direct result of Hurricane Sally.
• DEO is currently accepting applications for DUA from residents in Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties.
Click here to find information on how to apply for DUA and Frequently Asked Questions.
PANDEMIC EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION:
The Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program, offered through the federal CARES Act and administered by DEO, provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to claimants who exhausted their Reemployment Assistance benefits.
Floridians will need to apply for PEUC benefits once the balance of their current claim is exhausted. Floridians who have already exhausted their benefits or have Reemployment Assistance claims that expired after July 1, 2019, will also be able to apply.
PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE:
The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides unemployment benefits to those that may not otherwise be eligible under Florida’s state Reemployment Assistance program, including independent contractors and individuals who are self-employed.
Individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 and believe they may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, can visit www.FloridaJobs.org and select “File a Claim” to apply and be considered for PUA.
Governor Ron DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants. These requirements will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020.
Additionally, the waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020.
DEO will be conducting nightly maintenance to the CONNECT system to process claims and payments. CONNECT will be available from 8 a.m. to 7:59 p.m. daily.
This schedule does not affect individuals who wish to file a new claim. Individuals can file a new claim 24 hours a day, seven days per week at www.FloridaJobs.org, and select “File a Claim.”
HOW TO APPLY FOR REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE:
DEO has a mobile-friendly online application for individuals filing a new Reemployment Assistance claim, which is available here.
For a step-by-step guide on how to apply read more here. For the Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide which includes frequently asked questions, please click here.
For additional information about Reemployment Assistance benefits visit www.FloridaJobs.org/COVID-19.