CareerSource Brevard and COVID-19

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CareerSource Brevard is actively monitoring key developments related to COVID-19. The health and well-being of our customers, employees, and community partners are of the utmost importance. We understand the concern and uncertainty surrounding this crisis and are committed to being responsive to your needs as the situation evolves and strive to give you the best level of service possible.

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Career Centers are Open By Appointment

We are offering in-person appointments at the career center closest to you!

Staff are available to handle your needs both virtually and in-person depending upon the request.

To schedule a virtual or in-person appointment, please call 321-504-7600, or fill out this form and a team member will connect with you.

For your health and safety, masks or face coverings are strongly recommended and will be available upon request. 

Office Hours:

  • Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Friday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Job Seekers

For assistance:

3 Ways to Get Help Filing Your Reemployment Assistance (RA) Claim:

  1. Go to floridajobs.org for the latest information.
  2. Call the Reemployment Assistance Hotline, 1-833-352-7759. Wait times may be long.
  3. Email a reemployment assistance agent.

If you are experiencing challenges with PIN resets or reemployment assistance applications, call us at 321-504-7600 or fill out this form and a team member will connect with you. If you need help with any questions regarding your Reemployment Assistance claim, please contact DEO’s Reemployment Assistance team using one of the contact methods above, and they will get back to you as soon as possible. CareerSource Brevard cannot determine or offer opinions on anyone’s eligibility for benefits.

6/1/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • All claimants, unless otherwise exempt, are now required to submit work searches for every week of state or federal benefits requested. For a step-by-step guide on submitting required work searches, click here.
  • Additionally, all new claimants, unless otherwise exempt, must complete the work registration requirement through Employ Florida. Click here to view instructions on how to register with Employ Florida.
    • An accurate work search record may include, but is not limited to, registering for work and reemployment services with a local CareerSource Center, completing a job application in person or online, mailing a job application or resume, making in-person visits with potential employers, interviewing with potential employers, or registering for work with employment or placement agencies to name a few.
    • Click here for a list of options claimants can consider to meet the work search requirement for each week. To determine how many work searches you will be required to complete, click here.
    • For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the work search and work registration requirements, click here.
  • DEO issued Emergency Order 21-015 to continue waiving the waiting week requirement through June 26, 2021.

5/24/21 update:

Newest Updates from the DEO:

  • Florida will end its participation in the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, the $300 per week supplemental FPUC payment, effective June 26, 2021. The additional federal Reemployment Assistance benefit programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), and Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), will continue for the time being.

5/19/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • The Department encourages claimants to begin searching for work before the Work Search and Work Registration waivers expire on May 29, 2021. They also encourage existing claimants to create an account and register at Employ Florida.
  • Click here for a list of options claimants can consider to meet the work search requirement for each week. To determine how many work searches you will be required to complete, click here.

4/27/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • The Work Search and Work Registration waivers have been extended through May 29. The waiting week waiver will be extended through June 26. The Department encourages claimants to continue searching for work regardless of the waiver extension.

4/14/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • The DEO has recently provided claimants the option to verify their identity through ID.me, if they have a “locked” claim status.
  • If a claimant has already verified their identity through ID.me, the claimant does not need to re-verify their claim. However, you may be prompted to login to ID.me using multifactor authentication throughout the Reemployment Assistance claims process.
  • If the claimant has a “locked” claim status, the link to verify their identity can be found on their CONNECT homepage. For more information about ID.me, click here.
  • DEO is aware of an issue where some claims are being re-locked in CONNECT after a claimant verifies their identity through me. DEO is working diligently to resolve the issue and unlock claims that have been re-locked. For existing claimants who have verified their identity, please allow 24-48 hours for your claim to be unlocked.
  • DEO also provided an identity theft toolkit which details what Floridians should do if they are a victim of identity theft and steps they should take to mitigate fraudulent activity on their account. To view the identity theft toolkit, click here.
  • Any new claimant filing for Reemployment Assistance will need to verify their identity through ID.me. For more information about ID.me visit the claimant resource page, here.
  • DEO launched an online fraud form providing Floridians the opportunity to report instances of Reemployment Assistance fraud or identity theft. If someone is aware of any instance of Reemployment Assistance fraud or believes they are a victim of Reemployment Assistance identity theft, please click here and select the “Online Fraud Form” to provide the Department with additional information about fraudulent claims.

3/16/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • DEO recently launched a Reemployment Assistance Help Center, an online portal where claimants or employers can receive and provide additional information to the Department regarding Reemployment Assistance. Individuals can also notify the Department of suspected Reemployment Assistance fraud or identity theft. To access this new online portal, click here.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2021:

  • As a result of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was signed into law on March 11, 2021, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefit programs have been extended to September 6, 2021.
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides an additional $300 for eligible claimants, has also been extended to September 6, 2021.
  • Claimants should continue to request their benefit payments as weeks become available in their CONNECT account if they remain unemployed. The DEO encourages individuals to continue checking their CONNECT account every 48 hours for additional updates or notifications from the Department.

Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation:

  • Mixed Earner Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) is a federally funded program that provides an additional $100 per week to eligible individuals in addition to the benefits they are currently receiving. MEUC is not available to claimants who are currently receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits.
  • Claimants may be eligible for MEUC if they have received at least $5,000 in net income from self-employment for the tax year prior to their initial claim.
  • MEUC benefits are in addition to the $300 supplemental Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits (FPUC) benefit programs, which expires on September 6, 2021.
  • Eligible claimants can apply for MEUC benefits here. For information on how to apply for MEUC, click here.

Please visit our COVID-19 News Archive for previously published updates.

Employers

We want to take this opportunity to underscore the impact the virus is having (and will continue to have) on local businesses. We are working with CareerSource Florida and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to provide resources and services to support the community.

For assistance:

Assistance for Businesses:

6/3/21 update:

Updates from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA):

  • The SBA and Public-Private Strategies Institute are hosting an educational webinar to help you get your business back on track. The local webinar will be held on July 22nd. Click here to learn more and to register.

6/1/21 update:

Updates from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA):

  • Did you know that the American Rescue Plan extends a number of critical tax benefits, particularly the Employee Retention Credit and Paid Leave Credit, to small businesses? Learn more.

5/21/21 update:

Updates from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA):

  • The SBA will soon launch the Community Navigator Pilot Program, a $100 million grant program enacted through the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide counseling, networking, and the assistance needed during this time of economic recovery to the nation’s smallest businesses. The program will target small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans.
  • SBA is currently offering Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans originated only by participating community financial institutions including Certified Development Companies (CDCs), SBA Microlenders, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) until May 31, 2021, or until remaining funds are exhausted. Please note that not all community financial institutions are participating in PPP.
  • SBA recently posted FAQs about funds returned by banks for Targeted EIDL Advance and Supplemental Targeted Advance. When a bank returns Targeted EIDL Advance or Supplemental Targeted Advance funds to SBA, the funds cannot be immediately re-disbursed. SBA is working to mitigate this issue.

5/11/21 update:

Updates from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA):

  • Funding for the Paycheck Protection Program has been exhausted. The SBA will continue funding outstanding approved PPP applications, but new qualifying applications will only be funded through Community Financial Institutions, financial lenders who serve underserved communities.

4/28/21 update:

Updates from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA):

  • Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will begin Friday, April 30 at 9:00 am, and SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal on Monday, May 3 at 12:00 pm. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. For more information, read the press release here. If you were unable to attend one of the webinars held earlier this week which covered RRF program details and a demonstration of the application portal, you can watch the recording here.

4/27/21 update:

Updates from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA):

4/21/21 update:

Updates from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO):

  • A new law, recently signed by Governor DeSantis, changes Florida’s reemployment tax rate computation for 2021. The Department of Revenue is currently computing the 2021 revised rate, which will be effective for all wages paid in 2021, including wages paid in the first quarter as reported on the Employer’s Quarterly Report (Form RT-6) due by April 30, 2021. After the Department of Revenue completes the new rate computation, you can see your new rate by logging in to your account online at fcom/taxes/filepay. The Department of Revenue will also mail a revised Reemployment Tax Rate Notice (Form RT-20) to employers.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order #21-80, COVID-19 Reemployment Assistance/Payment of Employer Contributions, the due date for payment of reemployment tax for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, has been extended to May 31, 2021. This extension applies only to the payment; to be considered timely, employers must complete and file the Employer’s Quarterly Report (Form RT-6) no later than April 30, 2021.
  • The Florida DEO has developed additional guides for employers to better understand how to navigate the CONNECT system. To view these guides, click here.

Please visit our COVID-19 News Archive for previously published updates. 

Links and resources on this page are periodically updated as new information becomes available.