The CARES Act & the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

By September 8, 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: http://lmsresources.labormarketinfo.com/covid19/index.html. The state notes that they paid 1,947,812 claimants a total of nearly $14.8 billion as of September 3, 2020.

Recent Updates:

  • Governor DeSantis directed the state to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants through December 5, 2020. The waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020 as well.
  • The state will implement new technology updates to ensure individuals receive Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) benefits as soon as possible. This program will grant individuals an additional $300 per week in benefits. Individuals must have a weekly benefit amount of at least $100 and must certify that they are unemployed/partially unemployed due to COVID to be eligible for LWA benefits. The state notes that payments will be retroactive to the week ending August 1, 2020.

 Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC):

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.

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.

More Updates:

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.

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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