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 required 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:

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

  1. Go to Covid19.floridajobs.org for the latest information.
  2. Call the Reemployment Assistance Hotline, 1-833-352-7759. Wait times may be long.
  3. E-mail a reemployment assistance agent.
  4. Still need help? Refer to the DEO’s RA Resource Guide or the Returning to Work Guide.

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. 

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.

2/28/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • The work search, work registration, and waiting week requirements have been extended through April 24, 2021.

2/17/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • In 2020, the DEO partnered with ID.me, a trusted technology partner, assisting claimants who were locked out of their accounts. The Department has recently expanded that partnership to help keep Floridians’ identities secure from fraudulent activity and bolster current fraud prevention measures.
  • 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.
  • Any new state Reemployment Assistance claims filed January 1, 2021, and forward are eligible for up to 19 weeks of benefits instead of 12 weeks of benefits.

2/10/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • The DEO 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.
  • The DEO completed electronically processing 1099-G Tax Forms for all claimants on January 17, 2021. All claimants should have access to their 1099-G Tax Form in their CONNECT account. Claimants who opted to receive communication from the Department through U.S. Mail should have received their 1099-G tax form no later than January 31, 2021. 1099-G Forms were also made available in CONNECT for these claimants on January 17, 2021. If a claimant did not receive their 1099-G tax form by January 31, 2021, they received a 1099-G tax form by mistake, or their 1099-G tax form is incorrect, please click here for additional resources to obtain the form. The DEO has created Frequently Asked Questions to provide more information about the 1099-G Tax Form.

2/2/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • Due to recent federal requirements, claimants receiving PUA benefits are now required to upload employment documentation to CONNECT. Please see the Department’s fact sheet for more information and directions for uploading your proof of employment documentation.
  • Claimants are asked to continue checking their CONNECT account for additional changes and updates.

1/27/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • The DEO has begun to add additional weeks of benefits, as authorized by the Continued Assistance Act, for eligible claimants. This includes PUA, PEUC, and FPUC benefit payments.
    • The Continued Assistance Act is now available for PEUC claimants who had previously exhausted their benefits. Log-in to CONNECT and take action on your account.
    • 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.

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:

4/19/21 update:

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

Effective immediately, applicants can send a request for reevaluation of a Targeted EIDL Advance application that was declined to the following email address: TargetedAdvanceReevaluation@sba.gov.

Applicants should follow these instructions when requesting a reevaluation:

  • Send an email to TargetedAdvanceReevaluation@sba.gov
  • Use the subject line “Reevaluation Request for [insert your 10-digit application number]”
  • In the body of the email, include identifying information for the application such as application number, business name, business address, business owner name(s) and phone number
  • Important: Include an explanation and any documentation that addresses the reason for the decline, if available. SBA will contact applicants if additional documentation is required to complete the review.

Information about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF):

  • Get the program details such as eligibility, funding amount, allowable use of funds and more. If you haven’t already, sign up for RRF email updates.
  • Currently, SBA is not accepting applications for RRF. However, you can prepare your application by reviewing the sample application, program guide, and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. You will be able to apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal.
  • The official application launch date will be announced shortly. The application portal will be opened to the public following a pilot program.

4/13/21 update:

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

3/29/21 update:

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

  • Congress passed an extension of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) that allows small businesses and eligible non-profits to apply for PPP loans through May 31st.
  • The SBA is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.

3/19/21 update:

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

2/22/21 update:

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

  • In order to reach the smallest businesses, the SBA will offer Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to businesses with 20 or less employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 10, 2021. President Biden has also announced additional program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable. Learn more about how to apply for PPP.
  • The Targeted EIDL Advance provides businesses located in low-income communities with additional funds to ensure small business continuity, adaptation, and resiliency. Applicants do not need to take any action at this time. SBA will reach out to those who qualify. To help applicants determine if they are located in a low-income community as defined in section 45D(e) of the Internal Revenue Code, a lookup tool is now available. Note that the business address must be located in a low-income community in order to qualify, so SBA encourages potential applicants to check the map to see if they meet the low-income community eligibility requirement before you apply.

2/16/21 update:

The Brevard Business Community COVID-19 Response Team invites businesses interested in applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds to a free informational webinar on Tuesday, March 9th at 1:00 p.m. Click here to register for the webinar.

2/10/21 update:

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.