If your employment has been negatively impacted because of mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. If you need assistance, the unemployment assistance hotline is now available seven days a week at 1-800-681-8102.
Governor DeSantis has waived the following requirements for individuals seeking unemployment: Claimants do not need to register with the state job search portal (Employ Florida) and do not need to submit the number of employers they contact each week. The suspension of these requirements has a retroactive start date of March 15, 2020 through May 2, 2020.
Individuals who are eligible for Reemployment Assistance may include:
- Those who are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency.
- Those who are laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer due to COVID-19 concerns.
- Those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19
Reemployment Assistance benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed by printing and mailing the application or online using CONNECT. If you have never filed in Florida before, use the “File a New Claim” link to start your application and create a profile. If you have filed previously, please log in using your Social Security number and PIN. If you no longer have your PIN, select the “Forgot PIN” button to regain access to your account. On April 8th the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced a new, mobile-friendly online Reemployment Assistance application.
Before filing, make sure you have the following information available:
- Social Security number
- Driver’s license or State ID number
- Your employment for the last 18 months including for each employer: Name, address, and phone number, First and last day of work, Gross earnings (before taxes are taken out) during the listed dates
- The reason for separation
- FEIN (this is found on any W2 or 1099 tax forms you have received). If you don’t have the FEIN, you can use employer details off of a recent paystub.