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Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Provides Weekly Reemployment Assistance Update - January 26

Jan 26, 2021


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued weekly Reemployment Assistance updates. Daily updates can be found on the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claims Dashboard.

PAYMENT PROGRESS:

  • As of January 25, DEO has paid 2,198,984 claimants nearly $21 billion ($20,937,715,894). Over 5 million (5,026,135) unique claims have been processed, representing 97.8 percent of unique claims submitted. 
  • 97.9 percent of all eligible benefits requested prior to January 8, 2021, for state Reemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) have been paid to claimants. Additionally, 99.9 percent of all eligible benefits requested by claimants for weeks of unemployment prior to July 25, 2020, have also received their corresponding Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits for that week. 
  • If a claimant has not received benefits or all of the benefits they believe they are entitled to, they should:
  • Check that they have requested benefits; 
  • Check that the weeks they are requesting are eligible weeks; and 
  • Check that their account information in CONNECT is up-to-date and accurate.
  • If a claimant needs additional assistance, they should call the Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-833-FL-APPLY.
  • The Department would like to remind claimants that it is important to continue requesting benefits to receive payment. This video and guide may be helpful. 

UPDATES:

Continued Assistance Act

  • The Continued Assistance Act is now available for PEUC claimants who had previously exhausted their benefits. Log-in to CONNECT and take action on your account.
  • Since the beginning of January 2021, the Department has added additional weeks of benefits, as authorized by the Continued Assistance Act, for eligible claimants. This includes PUA, PEUC, and FPUC benefit payments.
  • If you are unemployed or partially unemployed after December 27, 2020, and you have not exhausted your PEUC maximum weekly entitlement, you need to continue requesting your benefit payments in order to continue receiving PEUC benefits. 
  • After the Continued Assistance Act extensions are implemented, some claimants may need to submit an application for state Reemployment Assistance benefits if they can establish a new benefit year. 
  • Claimants who will soon exhaust their Reemployment Assistance benefits and remain unemployed should continue to request any benefit weeks available. When extended programs are available, claimants will be able to continue requesting benefit payments. Not requesting benefit payments when weeks are available will delay payments on their claim
  • Claimants who are unemployed or partially unemployed after December 27, 2020, and have not exhausted their eligible benefits should continue requesting benefit payments in order to continue receiving PEUC or PUA benefits.
  • Claimants who are on PEUC or PUA can view this step-by-step guide to learn how to request weekly benefits.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

  • The Department is currently processing Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments which were extended and modified by the Continued Assistance Act.
  • Beginning the week ending January 2, 2021, claimants who are eligible for at least $1 of their original unemployment benefit amount, will be eligible to receive an additional $300 FPUC payment supplementing their weekly benefit amount. No additional action is required to receive the FPUC payment, but claimants should continue to request their weekly benefits to receive any benefit payments.
  • The FPUC program expires on March 14, 2021. This means the last payable week for FPUC is the week ending March 13, 2021

Claimant 1099-G Tax Form

  • The Department completed electronically processing 1099-G Tax Forms for all claimants on January 17, 2021. All claimants should have access to their 1099-G Tax Form in their CONNECT account.
  • Claimants who opted to receive communication from the Department through U.S. Mail should receive their 1099-G tax form no later than January 31, 2021. 1099-G Forms were also made available in CONNECT for these claimants on January 17, 2021.
  •  If a claimant does not receive their 1099-G tax form by January 31, 2021, please click here for additional resources to obtain the form.
  • The Department has created Frequently Asked Questions to provide more information about the 1099-G Tax Form.

State Reemployment Assistance

  • Any new state Reemployment Assistance claims filed January 1, 2020, and forward are eligible for up to 19 weeks of benefits instead of 12 weeks of benefits.

Waivers

  • Governor Ron DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the waiting week requirements, work search, and work registration requirements through February 27, 2021

Claimant Communication

  • Claimants are asked to continue checking their CONNECT account for additional changes and updates. 
  • The Department will be sending important emails to claimants, including actions that may need to be taken on their CONNECT account. The Department sends emails from Do-Not-Reply email addresses, which are official notifications from the Department.

CONNECT Hours

  • DEO will be conducting nightly maintenance to the CONNECT system to process claims and payments. CONNECT will be available from 8 a.m. to 7:59 p.m. daily, Monday - Friday.
  • Beginning Saturday, January 30, through Sunday, January 31, CONNECT will be unavailable to claimants while the Department works to continue efforts to implement the Continued Assistance Act, process payments, and send necessary correspondence to claimants. CONNECT will be available Monday, February 1, at 8:00 a.m.
  • This schedule does not affect individuals who wish to file a new claim. Individuals can file a new claim 24 hours a day, seven days per week at www.FloridaJobs.org and select "File a Claim."   

Customer Service Centers

  • Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Centers are available this week Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. for all account inquiries and questions. On Saturday, January 30, through Sunday, January 31, staff resources will be dedicated to processing claims and payments. The Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Center will reopen Monday, February 1, at 7:30 a.m.

Job Opportunities

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is hiring across the state. To view a list of vacant opportunities, visit here.  

Employer Updates

  • The Department has developed additional guides for employers to better understand how to navigate the CONNECT system. To view these guides, click here.

About DEO

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.FloridaJobs.org.

 

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