Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Provides Weekly Reemployment Assistance Update - January 20

Jan 20, 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 19, DEO has paid 2,184,303 claimants nearly $20.5 billion ($20,473,335,832). Over 4.9 million (4,916,284) unique claims have been processed, representing 98.8 percent of unique claims submitted. 
  • 97.2 percent of all eligible benefits requested prior to January 1, 2021, for state Reemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) have been paid to claimants. Additionally, 99.8 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:

Claimant Communication

  • The Department continues to progress through a staged implementation of the Continued Assistance Act, which is necessary to build the provisions in the CONNECT system.
  • 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.
  • Claimants who have exhausted their benefit payments and are waiting for the Continued Assistance Act program extensions should not submit an additional application for Reemployment Assistance benefits at this time.

Continued Assistance Act

  • The Continued Assistance Act is now available for PUA claimants who have exhausted their benefits. Log-in to CONNECT and take action on your account.
  • This is in addition to the nearly 1 million claimants who began receiving Continued Assistance Act benefits earlier this month.
  • PEUC Claimants who have exhausted their eligible weeks of benefits under the CARES Act and are unemployed or partially unemployed after December 27, 2020, will be able to request benefit payments soon. You should not submit an additional application at this time.
  • 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 began processing 1099-G Tax Forms for claimants on January 10, 2021.
  • Claimants should receive their 1099-G tax form no later than January 31, 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

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 23, through Sunday, January 24, 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, January 25, 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 23, through Sunday, January 24, staff resources will be dedicated to processing claims and payments. The Reemployment Assistance Customer Service Center will reopen Monday, January 25, 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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