The CARES Act & the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

By April 2, 2020May 1st, 2020CARES Act

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that they will waive the waiting week requirement through May 8, 2020. Prior to this announcement, associates were typically required to wait a week to receive reemployment assistance benefits. Waiting weeks will be waived for any associates who filed from March 29, 2020 through May 8, 2020. Associates who file for reemployment assistance will also not be required to register in Employ Florida or submit work searches weekly. The state waived these provisions so eligible associates may receive support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Finally, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity plans to sign the agreement that will execute the federal CARES Act. The CARES Act will provide Florida with additional funding to help individuals and businesses recover from the negative economic impacts of COVID-19. The state will work to offer the CARES Act resources as soon as possible and will provide more information shortly.

Our office will monitor COVID-19 updates closely and will send out additional announcements as we become aware of any these 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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