FLORIDA REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Florida’s existing unemployment insurance program (“reemployment assistance”) is open. FL DEO launched a new application site on April 9. You can also call 1-800-204-2418 or apply using a paper form, but will experience delays. Paper forms can be mailed to: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, PO Box 5350, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350
Once you submit your application, check the CONNECT platform for updates. For more information and updates check floridajobsresources.com.
You may be eligible if:
You have lost your job through no fault of your own. You must not have quit for personal reasons or been fired for malicious conduct;
You must be totally or partially unemployed. You are eligible if your hours have been reduced against your will and you are earning less than $275 in gross earnings per week;
You earned at least $3,400 in the first four complete quarters of the past 18 months (there may be an exception under CARES Act);
Are available to work
Florida has recently suspended the waiting week, work search, and bi-weekly certification requirements for a limited time.
To apply, you will need your:
Social Security Number, Alien Registration Number, or other Work Authorization Form (if Non-U.S. Citizen)
Driver’s License or State ID
Union Name, Hall Number, and Phone Number (if you are a union member)
Employment History for last 18 months (ex. why you are no longer working there, FEIN Number, etc.)
Florida’s reemployment assistance program usually provides up to $275 per week, for twelve weeks. Through December 31, 2020, these benefits will be extended through a variety of federal programs and subsidies. You can receive up to thirty-nine weeks of benefits through these stacking programs.
You will continue to receive benefits in weeks thirteen through twenty-five, under Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC).
In week twenty-six, you will be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) through the end of 2020, if you meet the criteria described below.
Because of the crisis, the federal government previously added $600 per week to checks, bringing the maximum benefit to $875 for any week of benefits before July 31, 2020.