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1/12/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • 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 has begun processing 1099-G Tax Forms for claimants to view in CONNECT. Claimants should receive their 1099-G tax form no later than January 31, 2021.
  • The DEO is working to implement the new Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program extensions for individuals who have exhausted their eligible benefits under the CARES Act. Claimants who have exhausted their eligible weeks of benefits under the CARES Act and are unemployed or partially unemployed after December 27, 2020, will be able to request benefit payments soon. Claimants who have exhausted their benefit payments and are waiting for the CARES Act program extensions, should not submit an additional application for Reemployment Assistance benefits at this time.

1/4/21 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • Governor Ron DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants. These requirements will continue to be waived through February 27, 2021. Answers to work search questions are still required to process your claim in the CONNECT system, but will not impact benefit payments.

12/15/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • The DEO would like to remind claimants that it is important to continue requesting benefits to receive payment. This video and guide may be helpful.
  • Extended Benefits: The Extended Benefits application is now available for eligible claimants in the CONNECT system. Individuals who are eligible for Extended Benefits will be notified by the DEO and can access step-by-step instructions on how to apply here or view an instructional video here.

12/2/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • Governor Ron DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants. These requirements will continue to be waived through January 2, 2021.
  • Additionally, the waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through December 26, 2020.

11/10/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates from the DEO:

  • Florida DEO has been notified by the U.S. Department of Labor that Extended Benefits ended on November 7. This means that only individuals who have exhausted their Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits between June 7, 2020, and November 7, 2020, may be eligible for the six weeks of Extended Benefits when the application is available in the CONNECT system.
  • Individuals who have exhausted their Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits after November 7, 2020, will not be eligible for Extended Benefits. They will however receive the opportunity to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
  • The Department is working diligently to stand up the Extended Benefits program as quickly as possible. The Department anticipates having the Extended Benefits application completed and ready for Floridians in December.
  • Click here to review all of the Florida Reemployment Assistance benefits available.

11/3/20 update:

CareerSource Brevard presents the following upcoming Virtual Job Fairs:

Visit our events calendar for more recruitment events, job fairs, and workshops.

9/29/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

9/15/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

  • The Department has submitted and has been approved to provide a fourth week of Federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program benefits for eligible Floridians. Eligible Floridians, which includes Floridians receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance who are not typically eligible for state Reemployment Assistance, should expect to receive this additional benefit sometime this week. The fourth week will be the last week of LWA benefits provided.
  • The original LWA application was for three weeks and those payments have been provided to eligible Floridians for weeks ending August 1, August 8 and August 15, 2020.  For more information about the LWA program, click here.
  • DEO highly recommends that Reemployment Assistance claimants select direct deposit as their means of receiving benefits to ensure payments are received as quickly as possible. This video and guide may be helpful.

9/5/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

  • Governor Ron DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants for an additional 90 days. These requirements will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020.
  • Additionally, the waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020.
  • The Department is working diligently to implement the necessary technology changes to ensure eligible Floridians receive the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program benefits as quickly as possible. The LWA program will allow Florida to offer an additional $300 per week to eligible Reemployment Assistance claimants. To be eligible for this benefit, claimants must have a weekly benefit amount of at least $100 in an approved Reemployment Assistance program and must certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19. Payments will be retroactive to the week ending August 1, 2020.

9/2/20 update:

  • Have you been laid off due to COVID-19? Tell your former employer about the Workforce Recovery Assistance Program. This program, provided in partnership with the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, makes funds available for small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) with funds to rehire employees laid off due to COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

8/25/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

  • The DEO has recently shared a video to help claimants understand claim messages and statuses in CONNECT. This video can be viewed here.

7/29/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

  • Governor DeSantis has directed DEO to continue waiving the work search, work registration requirements, and waiting week requirement for claimants through September 5, 2020.
  • The Department has updated benefit payment statuses to reflect the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments in CONNECT. To better understand a claimant’s Reemployment Assistance weekly benefit payment status, view the step by step guide here.

7/20/20 update:

Newest Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

When the work search waiver is lifted, you will be required to report your work search activities. What to do:

  • Get fully registered now in Employ Florida! Employ Florida is a FREE online job seeker and employer resource dedicated to matching talent and opportunity in Florida. By being fully registered in Employ Florida, you’re increasing the odds of being contacted by an employer and the staff at CareerSource Brevard for potential job opportunities. Additionally, if you are receiving reemployment assistance benefits, you may soon be required to complete a full registration in Employ Florida to continue receiving benefits.
  • How do I get “fully registered?” Visit employflorida.com and create your account if you don’t already have one. Make sure you have your background information complete and have an active online resume within your account. This will allow you to access a wide range of CareerSource Brevard services and Employ Florida features. Employers and CareerSource Brevard staff also use this information to find potential candidates for job openings.
  • Receiving unemployment? If you are receiving reemployment assistance benefits, you may already be registered in Employ Florida. If you do not remember your username and password, contact our staff who can help you log in to your account. Once there, please review your account to be sure you are fully registered — which includes updated background information and your most current resume.

Follow this step-by-step guide for help.

 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) Updates from the DEO:

  • Pursuant to the CARES Act, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) provides an extra $600 weekly payment to all unemployment claimants and is 100% federally funded.
  • States do not have the ability to extend FPUC. The last payment will be on claims for the claim week ending Saturday, July 25, 2020, per federal guidelines.
  • Floridians who have filed claims and requested benefits before the week ending 7/25 will receive all the payments they are eligible for.
  • Claimants currently receiving unemployment benefits will continue to receive their state weekly benefit amount as long as they are eligible.

For more updates on FPUC and other CARES Act programs, visit FloridaJobs.org/CARES-Act.

7/14/20 update:

Reemployment Assistance Claims Filing Updates:

  • 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.
  • For more information about Reemployment Assistance, visit FloridaJobs.org or review our COVID-19 updates archive page.

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

1/19/21 update:

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications today at 9 a.m. EST. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.

  • Updated PPP Lender forms, guidance, and resources are available here and here.

1/11/21 update:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Click here for details.

12/16/20 update:

Commissioner Curt Smith has decided to allocate part of the $5 million of the county CARES Act monies given to him to disburse to the small business community. Businesses should reach out to the county via Kathy Wall, 321-637-5337, to discuss qualifications and whether or not they qualify.

  • You can apply even if you have already received the $10,000 grant funding or other assistance
  • This “grant” would not be limited to $10K. Could be $100,000 per se if the losses were proven
  • The funds are not limited to businesses in D4. Businesses located anywhere in the county may apply for funding.
  • Beginning January 2021, every PUBLIC employer (or those private employers wanting to engage in a contract with a public entity or receive public funding of some sort) in the State of Florida will need to be using E-Verify. In hopes that many businesses are starting the process of signing up for e-verify, but may not yet be completely enrolled, any and all businesses should apply NOW for both the county grant and for this new money from Commissioner Smith by December 30th. There is some flexibility now, but will be less after January 1st. To learn more about the e-verify requirement for PUBLIC employers or those doing business with PUBLIC entity ready HERE and/or HERE.

Please call Commissioner Smith directly, 321-633-2044, with any additional questions. The number for Kathy Wall is 321-637-5337.

11/20/20 update:

  • The Workforce Recovery Assistance Program application period has ended.

9/29/20 update:

  • The 2020 Small Business Credit Survey, from the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast in partnership with the Federal Reserve, highlights the experiences of small businesses and provides critical information that service providers, policymakers, and lenders use to improve programs for small business owners. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is open to businesses currently in operation, those recently closed, and those about to launch. All responses are confidential. The survey closes on October 31, 2020. Click here to complete the survey.

8/25/20 update:

  • The Workforce Recovery Assistance Program has resumed accepting applications. This program, provided in partnership with the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, makes funds available for small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) with funds to rehire employees laid off due to COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

8/11/20 update:

8/4/20 update:

  • The Brevard Business Community COVID-19 Response Team presents a free business webinar: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Webinar Tuesday, August 11th, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Presented by Leslie Tibbitts, Community Credit Union. Click here to learn more and register.

7/27/20 update:

Brevard County Small Business Relief Programs:

  • Small Business Economic Recovery Program: This program will provide eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with grants of up to $10,000 for recovery and stabilization of business operations.
  • PPE Kits Available for Small Businesses: Small businesses in Brevard County that employ 25 or fewer workers can apply for County-provided Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits funded through the federal CARES Act.

7/14/20 update:

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Update: The Small Business Administration (SBA) has stopped processing EIDL Advance requests since program funds have been fully allocated. EIDL loan applications continue to be accepted.

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.