CARES Act

 

CARES Act Benefits and Implementation

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is a $2 trillion stimulus rescue package to aid individuals, business and communities throughout the nation affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, expands Reemployment Assistance benefits to individuals who lost their jobs because of COVID-19. Benefits will be paid from the date individuals became eligible under the CARES Act. At this time, individuals who apply for Reemployment Assistance whose employment was negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19 will follow the same application, review and payment process as all applicants for Reemployment Assistance in Florida.

The CARES Act includes the following programs:

  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – includes an additional $600 weekly benefit for individuals who are eligible for state or federal Reemployment Assistance benefits. FPUC applies to weeks beginning March 29, 2020 and ends July 25, 2020.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)  provides benefits to those not ordinarily eligible for Reemployment Assistance. This includes individuals who are self-employed or contract employees. PUA will provide individuals with up to $275 per week in benefits.
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – provides up to an additional 13 weeks of benefits for individuals who have exhausted their Reemployment Assistance claim. This means claimants may collect unemployment benefits for a longer period of time than under normal circumstances. PEUC will provide individuals with up to $275 in weekly benefits.

After receiving guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, DEO began 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:

 

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Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)

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.



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.

 

 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

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 in weekly benefits beginning February 2, 2020 through the week ending December 26, 2020. Floridians will also receive an additional $600, FPUC payments, that applies to weeks of unemployment beginning March 29, 2020, and ending 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.

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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 


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


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.

Disclaimer

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your employer is participating in the Paycheck Protection Program, this may affect your eligibility for state or federal Reemployment Assistance programs.

 

 

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

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 weekly benefits beginning March 29, 2020 through the week ending December 26, 2020. Floridians will also receive an additional $600, FPUC payments, that applies to weeks of unemployment beginning March 29, 2020, and 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.

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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