CareerSource Brevard and COVID-19 Archived Updates

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7/6/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

  • The Governor has directed the DEO to continue to waive work search requirements through August 1, 2020.  Answers to work search questions are still required to process your claim in the CONNECT system, but will not impact benefit payments. For more information and assistance, review the Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide, page 7.
  • Additionally, the waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through August 1, 2020. The waiting week has been waived so eligible Floridians may receive the support they need to help recover from the current economic impacts of COVID-19. Previously, after your claim was filed and accepted, the state of Florida required a “waiting week” during which no benefits could be paid.

6/24/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

  • Beginning Monday, July 6, if you would like to request to modify the date of your claim, you must call the RA Customer Service center at 1-833-352-7759, option 5.
  • You may be eligible to modify the date of your claim to the date you originally attempted to apply for Reemployment Assistance only if you were unable to file a claim between the weeks of March 9, 2020, to April 9, 2020.

6/17/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

  • Start here to learn what benefits you may be eligible for.
  • Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC): This program, offered through the federal CARES Act and administered by DEO, provides up to 13 weeks of benefits if you have exhausted your RA benefits. Per the DEO, you will need to apply for PEUC benefits once the balance of your current claim is exhausted.

If you need help with any questions regarding your Reemployment Assistance claim, please click here to contact DEO’s Reemployment Assistance team who will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also speak with a customer service representative by calling 1-833-FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759).

6/12/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

  • The Governor has directed the DEO to continue to waive work search requirements through July 4, 2020. Answers to work search questions are still required to process your claim in the CONNECT system, but will not impact benefit payments. For more information and assistance, review the Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide, page 7.
  • Additionally, the waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through August 1, 2020. The waiting week has been waived so eligible Floridians may receive the support they need to help recover from the current economic impacts of COVID-19. Previously, after your claim was filed and accepted, the state of Florida required a “waiting week” during which no benefits could be paid.

6/1/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

  • The Governor has directed the DEO to continue to waive work search requirements through June 13th. Answers to work search questions are still required to process your claim in the CONNECT system, but will not impact benefit payments. For more information and assistance, review the Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide, page 7.
  • The Governor has also waived the requirement to wait a week to receive RA benefits beginning March 29, 2020 through June 13, 2020.
  • You must continue to “claim your weeks” by returning to the CONNECT system every two weeks to request your benefits, even if your claim is pending for review.
  • According to the DEO, if you are currently receiving RA benefits, but no longer wish to, do not claim your weeks, and payments will stop processing.
  • The DEO has launched a Virtual Waiting Room for the CONNECT system. The CONNECT Virtual Waiting Room allows claimants to reserve their place in line while other claimants access the system.

5/28/20 update:

Live Virtual Workshops: Until further notice, workshops will not be provided in-person but will continue to be provided virtually. For more information about upcoming virtual workshops, visit our events calendar.

5/19/20 update:

Brevard’s employers are hiring! Our Hot Jobs Now list is updated each weekday with new jobs posted by local employers from across Brevard County.

5/12/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

  • The Governor has directed the DEO to continue to waive work search requirements through May 30th.
  • You must “claim your weeks” by returning to the CONNECT system every two weeks to request your benefits, even if your claim is pending for review.
  • According to the DEO, if you are currently receiving RA benefits, but no longer wish to, do not claim your weeks, and payments will stop processing.

5/6/20 update:

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA):

PUA provides unemployment benefits to those who may not be eligible for Reemployment Assistance (RA) benefits (self-employed, gig worker, etc.)

  • Apply for PUA: Visit www.floridajobs.org, and select “File a Claim.”
  • If you filed for RA benefits on or after April 5th, and you were deemed ineligible, you’ll receive a request for additional application information from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).
  • If you filed for RA benefits on or before April 4th, and are self-employed, an independent contractor, or a gig worker, you should apply again for PUA at www.floridajobs.org, and select “File a Claim.”

Did YOU Know…

  • RA Claim benefits may begin the day you became unemployed? Visit www.floridajobs.org to learn more.
  • It is possible your claim may be retroactive to the day of your layoff or when you lost your job? To request to modify your claim filing date, you should visit www.floridajobs.org, select “Request to Modify Claim (Application) Filing Effective Date.”

Community Resources: We have moved the list of Community Resources to this page.

4/29/20 update:

Reemployment Assistance Update: Floridians who may not be eligible for the Reemployment Assistance program may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). More information is available here.

Virtual Workshops: Click here to register for workshops you can attend anytime, or visit our Events Calendar for live events.

4/22/20 update:

Virtual tools and training: 

  • OptimalResume helps you create the resume employers want now, step-by-step, with templates and tips!
  • Visit our Virtual Services page for more information and resources.

4/16/20 update:

Reemployment Assistance Update: Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-104, which suspends the biweekly “actively seeking work” reporting requirement by claimants. Click here to view the Executive Order.

4/10/20 update:

If you do not have access to a desktop computer to apply for reemployment benefits via CONNECT, you may begin your application by using the new mobile-friendly website here. Note: CONNECT is still the most efficient way to file your claim.

4/6/20 update:

Paper applications are now available online at the state’s COVID-19 Reemployment Assistance resource page: covid19.floridajobs.org.

You may download and print an application or pick one up at one of our three career centers.

Career centers remain closed, but applications are available at each entrance during career center hoursReemployment benefit applications are available in English, Spanish, and Creole. 

Once you have completed your application, sign it, and mail it to:

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
P.O. Box 5350
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

FedEx offers free printing and mailing of your application – click here. 

Important: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has informed citizens that the paper application process will take longer than applying online. Click here to complete the online application for Reemployment Assistance.

4/2/20 update:

CareerSource Brevard is pleased to share several new videos with you to help answer your questions:

Per the Governor’s 30-day stay at home order, CareerSource Brevard will continue providing services virtually and career centers will remain closed until further notice. For additional information or one-on-one help, e-mail us at info@careersourcebrevard.com.

3/30/20 update:

We’ve published 5 Tips for Job Searching During the COVID-19 Pandemic on our news page. You may also find our 5 Tips for Using Your Smartphone to Apply for Jobs helpful.

3/26/20 update:

CareerSource Brevard has begun sending out e-mail blasts with job opportunities and resources. 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.

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 in-person events, job fairs, training courses, workshops, and group-based activities have been canceled until further notice.  

Employers

7/6/20 update:

  • The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications in response to the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. The new deadline to apply for a loan is August 8, 2020.

6/24/20 update:

5/4/20 update: 

IT employers are invited to participate in our Virtual IT Job Fair, May 19th-May 23rd. Let us connect you with skilled IT talent specifically selected for you! Click here to learn more.

4/27/20 update:

The SBA has resumed accepting new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Visit their website for the latest information.

4/22/20 update:

The DEO has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the state’s assistance programs.

4/16/20 update:

The SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program based on available appropriations funding. Learn more.

4/13/20 update:

Short-Time Compensation Program Update: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is updating the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on their website daily as they get federal direction and implement new processes to help streamline the application process. Learn More.

4/2/20 update:

CareerSource Brevard has begun sending out e-mail blasts with resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here to join our e-mail list.

Additionally, we are pleased to share the following videos with you to help answer your questions:

Per the Governor’s 30-day stay at home order, CareerSource Brevard will continue providing services virtually and career centers will remain closed until further notice. For additional information or one-on-one help, e-mail us at info@careersourcebrevard.com.

3/30/20 update:

The CARES Act revises and expands the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Click here for the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.

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.

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 in-person events have been canceled until further notice.