Renaming of the Unemployment Compensation Program
House Bill 7027 passed during the 2012 Legislative Session and was signed by Governor Rick Scott on March 28, 2012, renaming the Unemployment Compensation Program as the Reemployment Assistance Program. The renaming of the program emphasizes the job search activities and reemployment services offered by Florida’s workforce partners to jobless claimants receiving benefits. Florida is the first state in the nation to change Unemployment Compensation to Reemployment Assistance.
IMMEDIATE ACTIONS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012:
- The Florida Unemployment Compensation Program will be named the Reemployment Assistance Program.
- The Unemployment Appeals Commission will be named the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission.
- Changing the name of the program does NOT change access to benefits or benefits provided by the state of Florida or the federal government.
- Claimants will still be able to access benefits even if they are unaware of the name change.
- Claimants will continue to file claims online, at www.floridajobs.org, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- The legislation does not create any additional tiers of benefits.
- The renaming of the program emphasizes the job search activities and reemployment services offered by Florida’s workforce partners to jobless claimants receiving benefits.
Florida has thousands of openings in the state on the Employ Florida Marketplace where claimants can search for jobs, create a profile and find numerous job search resources. In addition, claimants can receive one-on-one assistance from one of 24 Regional Workforce Boards or nearly 100 One-Stop Career Centers located throughout Florida. More information is available at www.employflorida.com.