The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued reemployment assistance updates on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard. This dashboard can be found here: http://lmsresources.labormarketinfo.com/covid19/index.html. The state notes that they paid 1,018,296 claimants a total of nearly $3.5 billion as of May 26, 2020.
Identity Verification Tool:
The state launched a website to verify the identities of those locked out of their CONNECT account. The state notified individuals who have been locked out of their account and provided a direct link to verify their information.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC):
The state announced that the PEUC program is now available. This program provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to individuals who exhausted their regular benefits.
Individuals will need to apply for PEUC benefits once they exhaust the balance of their current claim. Also, individuals who exhausted their benefits or have an expired claim (after July 1, 2019) will be able to apply too.
With PEUC, individuals may be eligible for up to $275 weekly benefits and an additional $600 through Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). The additional $600 through FPUC applies only to weeks of unemployment beginning March 29, 2020 and ending with the week ending July 25, 2020.
All individuals who participate in PEUC will still need to claim weeks on a biweekly basis, as well as certify that they remain unemployed and are able and available for work during the weeks they receive PEUC. The first week an individual can be eligible for this benefit is the week beginning March 29, 2020 and the last payable week is the week ending December 26, 2020.
- Click here for PEUC Application Process.
- Click here for PEUC Frequently Asked Questions.
- Click here for COVID-19 Employment Scenarios.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA):
The PUA program provides unemployment benefits to individuals who may not otherwise be eligible, including independent contractors and those who are self-employed. Individuals impacted by COVID-19 can apply for benefits on the state’s website, http://www.floridajobs.org.
The state conducts nightly maintenance to the CONNECT system to process claims and payments. CONNECT is available from 8am to 7:59pm daily. This schedule does not affect anyone who wishes to file a new claim.
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 http://www.thomas-and-company.com/covid-19/ too.
Please reach out to your representative with any questions.