The CARES Act & the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

By May 12, 2020CARES Act, COVID-19

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued reemployment assistance updates on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard. This dashboard can be found here: The state notes that they paid 531,702 claimants a total of nearly $1.22 billion ($1,219,590,674) as of May 8, 2020.

Also, the state advises that associates will be required to return to CONNECT every two weeks to request their benefits to comply with federal law. This requirement will be effective the week of May 10, 2020. Associates will have to confirm that they are unemployed and that they are able and available for offered work. Please be aware that the state will continue to waive the work search and work registration requirements through May 30, 2020. If associates are receiving benefits and no longer wish to continue filing, they do not need to claim their weeks, as payments will stop processing if weeks stop being claimed. Associates may find more information on the state’s website:


Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any updates. You can also review these updates on our website at too.

Please reach out to your representative with any questions.

Mike Parker

Author Mike Parker

Mike has 30 years of experience in unemployment cost control management, and has been with Thomas & Company for 25 years. He is the primary contact with state agencies building strong relationships, lobbying for opportunities that increase quality of service and efficiencies, and insuring compliance with state specific requirements. He works with the client service team, answering technical questions related to the unemployment insurance programs administered by the individual states and oversees the processes associated with wage audits and fraudulent claim inquiries. Mike is a member of the SIDES Operations Committee and currently sits on four Operations Committee subcommittees.

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