Reemployment Assistance (RA)
This is the regular state system for unemployment assistance. The DEO (Department of Employment Opportunity) will determine eligibility based on how much you earned while working, how you became unemployed (if you lost your job through no fault of your own, etc.), and if you are able and willing to work.
RA is available to individuals for a minimum of 12 weeks and now, due to Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, an additional 13 weeks. Individuals must apply for five work search contacts a week to remain eligible for assistance beginning May 9, 2020.
Because of the pandemic, you may be able to backdate your assistance to on or after March 9, 2020.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
PUA offers an expansion of coverage for those who may have:
- been denied coverage under traditional Reemployment Assistance
- didn’t earn enough or work long enough to qualify for traditional reemployment assistance,
- those who are self-employed or independent contractors.
PUA offers retroactive benefits to first day claimants lost work as far back as January 27, 2020, and covers 39 weeks of unemployment. It will continue to cover those experiencing COVID related unemployment until December 31, 2020.
COVID-19 related unemployment scenarios can include:
- You have COVID-19, and cannot work,
- A member of your household has COVID-19,
- You are the primary caregiver for someone with COVID-19,
- As a direct result of COVID-19: Your workplace has closed, you are unable to reach your workplace due to an imposed quarantine, or you’ve had to quit your job.
Benefits vary state by state but are based on earnings from the most recent tax year. You will receive 50% of the average weekly payment you were earning before or you will receive the minimum amount.
If you applied for reemployment before April 5, 2020, you will need to apply at floridajobs.org. In addition, if you have filed a PUA specific claim on or after April 5, 2020, you will hear from the DEO.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
This has NOT been implemented in Florida yet. It covers up to 13 weeks of regular RA and covers individuals who have exhausted regular reemployment benefits. The maximum amount possible to receive is $275.
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC)
In Florida, FPUC is provided in addition to regular reemployment assistance. It provides an additional $600 in benefits per week. You do not need to file a claim for it – FPUC is distributed automatically if you have already filed another claim and been approved.
Questions about the Appeal Process?
The appeals process is identical with all types of compensation listed above. You must appeal 20 days from the distributed date of the determination. After you file an appeal, you will receive a Notice of Hearing noting the date and time of your telephonic hearing. Following the hearing, you will receive a decision as soon as possible. If you disagree with this decision, you may request review of the decision by the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission. You have 20 days to request review.