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.

Career Centers are Closed, Services Offered Virtually

Staff are available Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Friday from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm to assist job seekers and businesses. Services are offered virtually rather than in-person. We also encourage you to visit EmployFlorida. It is a convenient option that can be accessed online 24/7 from any device. Read more in our news release.

Job Seekers

Staff are providing services virtually and are available to assist you!

5 ways to get help with reemployment assistance:

  1. Go to FloridaJobs.org. The website may be slow due to high volume, but they are working on a solution.
  2. Call 1-800-204-2418. Wait times may be long. Hang in there!
  3. E-mail a reemployment assistance agent.
  4. Use the Reemployment Assistance Virtual Service. 
  5. Still need help? Check out this page.

Here is a quick visual guide on how to find information on their webpage.

3/26/20 update:

CareerSource Brevard has begun sending out e-mail blasts with job opportunities and resources. Read the first e-mail blast here, and click here to join our e-mail list. 

3/25/20 update:

News from the U.S. Department of Labor

  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), effective April 1, will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. Visit this website for fact sheets for employees and employers, Q&As, and posters regarding employee rights.

CareerSource Brevard continues to update this page regularly with news and resources. Come back often!

3/23/20 update:

News from the Joint Information Center on COVID-19 for the State of Florida:

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has suspended the work registration and work search requirements for Reemployment Assistance applicants. The suspension of these requirements applies to claims filed from March 15, 2020-May 2, 2020. Visit their website for the latest details.

3/18/20 update:

Until further notice, we are following Brevard County health officials’ recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. ALL events, job fairs, training courses, workshops, and group-based activities have been canceled through April 15th. 

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 during this economic slowdown.

Staff are providing services virtually and are available to assist you!

Assistance for Businesses:

  • Complete the DEO’s Business Damage Assessment Survey. This is a critical piece of DEO’s efforts to gather information needed to evaluate and access tools to help your business potentially lessen the impact of COVID-19 and help the economy recover.
  • Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. These are short-term, interest-free loans of up to $50,000 to help bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and when your business secures other financial resources. Currently, $50 million has been allocated for the program. The application period opened March 17th and runs through May 8th. Visit FloridaDisaster.biz to learn more.
  • Small Business Association (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue businesses may be experiencing. For more information, visit FloridaDisaster.biz.
  • Short-Time Compensation Program. This program is designed to provide prorated Reemployment Assistance benefits to employees that have had work hours and earnings reduced as part of a Short-Time Compensation plan to avoid a total layoff of some employees. This program allows Employers to avoid the expense of recruiting, hiring, and training new workers when business conditions improve. While employees are spared the hardships of full unemployment, employers are able to retain employees who can resume high production levels when business conditions improve. For more information, visit FloridaJobs.org.
  • Small Business Recovery webinars. The Small Business Administration South Florida District Office will host a series of webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery. The webinars will be free to attend and are limited to 250 registered attendees. Information about upcoming webinars is on Eventbrite.
  • For more, review the Resources section in the sidebar.

3/25/20 update:

News from the U.S. Department of Labor

  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), effective April 1, will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. Visit this website for fact sheets for employees and employers, Q&As, and posters regarding employee rights.

CareerSource Brevard continues to update this page regularly with news and resources. Come back often!

3/23/20 update:

News from the Joint Information Center on COVID-19 for the State of Florida

  • Governor DeSantis directed DEO to waive penalties to employers – no longer “charging” employers for every employee that is laid off.

3/18/20 update:

Until further notice, we are following Brevard County health officials’ recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. ALL events have been canceled through April 15th. 

Connect with Us

We will continue to assess the situation as more information becomes available and will provide continuous updates on this page, as well as on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Jobs321).