CARES Act

CARES Act Benefits and Implementation

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 provides Reemployment Assistance benefits for the self-employed, independent contractors, certain nonprofit employees, gig economy workers, those who have exhausted other unemployment insurance benefits, and those who may not have sufficient work history to qualify for regular state Reemployment Assistance benefits. 

 

The CARES Act also includes Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) for those receiving any amount of Reemployment Assistance benefits. This will include an additional $600 weekly benefit for individuals that are eligible for state Reemployment Assistance benefits, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). FPUC applies to weeks beginning March 29, 2020 and ends July 31, 2020.

 

After receiving guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, DEO has begun aligning resources and technology to create the necessary processes to pay qualified individuals the benefits they are eligible for as quickly as possible.


 

The CARES Act provides the following unemployment insurance benefit programs:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)


This program provides up to 39 weeks of Reemployment Assistance benefits to individuals who are self-employed, independent contractors, certain non-profit employees and gig economy workers, as well as to individuals working part-time, or who otherwise would not qualify for regular state Reemployment Assistance benefits under state or federal law or PEUC.  Floridians may be eligible for up to $275 + $600 in weekly benefits. The additional $600 applies to weeks of unemployment beginning March 29, 2020, and ends July 25, 2020.



Documents Needed: 

 

You will need to provide proof of wages when you submit your PUA application. This can be done by attaching any of the following documents.

If you worked in 2019, please provide one of the following:

  • 2019 Federal Tax Return
  • 2019 1099 Forms
  • Final pay stub in 2019
  • Financial Statements

If you did not work in 2019, please provide one of the following:

  • If working for an employer Jan. 1, 2020, or later: Last pay stub received in 2020
  • If self-employed Jan. 1, 2020, or later: Invoice, billing, other documentation to provide proof of self-employment

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Note:
 You will need to provide documentary proof of wages and proof of employment within 21 days from the claim file date.

 

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)


Under FPUC, eligible individuals will receive an additional $600 per week in addition to their weekly state Reemployment Assistance or other CARES Act program benefits.

This FPUC payment is 100% federally funded and is available for weeks of unemployment beginning March 29, 2020, and ends the week ending July 25, 2020.

FPUC is payable alongside the following programs:

  • Individuals who are collecting regular state Reemployment Assistance benefits
  • Individuals receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Individuals receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Please keep in mind you cannot quit your job without good cause to obtain benefits under the state Reemployment Assistance program or the CARES Act. This constitutes fraud under the CARES Act, and an individual who obtains benefits through fraud is ineligible for any additional benefit payments, must pay back the benefits, and is subject to criminal prosecution under 18 U.S.C. § 1001.



Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)


The Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is provided through the federal CARES Act and administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity. This program provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to a claimant who has exhausted their Reemployment Assistance benefits. Floridians will need to apply for PEUC benefits once the balance of their current claim is exhausted.

Floridians who have already exhausted their benefits or have a Reemployment Assistance claim that expired after July 1, 2019, will also have to apply. Through PEUC, Floridians may be eligible for up to $275, in addition to the $600 through Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), in weekly benefits. The additional $600 through FPUC applies only to weeks of unemployment beginning March 29, 2020 and ends with the week ending July 25, 2020.

All claimants participating in PEUC will still be required to claim weeks on a biweekly basis, certifying that they remain unemployed and are able and available for work during the weeks they are receiving PEUC. The first week a claimant can be eligible for this benefit is the week beginning March 29, 2020, and the last payable week is the week ending December 26, 2020.

Unemployed Floridians who have exhausted their state Reemployment benefits will be notified with the next steps for PEUC. 

 




Important Note

None of the benefits described above, nor Reemployment Assistance benefits of any kind, are available to employees who quit their job without good cause, refuse to return to work or refuse to receive full-time pay.

 

 

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