Reemployment Assistance benefits are available to Floridians who have been negatively impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible individuals include those who have lost their job through no fault of their own, are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency, laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer, or caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition to state reemployment assistance benefits, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 provides Reemployment Assistance benefits for the self-employed, independent contractors, certain nonprofit employees, gig economy workers, those who have exhausted other unemployment insurance benefits, and those who may not have sufficient work history to qualify for regular state Reemployment Assistance benefits. The CARES Act also included Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) for those receiving any amount of Reemployment Assistance benefits. This assistance provided an additional $600 weekly benefit for individuals who were eligible for state Reemployment Assistance benefits, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) through July 25, 2020.
As of August 26, 2020, approximately 400,000 individuals have submitted claims for reemployment assistance in Miami-Dade and Monroe County, many of whom are experiencing issues with their claims. Since April, Legal Services has seen a 1500% increase in requests for assistance with reemployment assistance benefits. Attorneys are working diligently with clients to address erroneous denials, incorrect benefit amounts, incorrect effective claim dates and other adverse actions taken by DEO. To apply for services, please visit https://www.legalservicesmiami.org/self-help or call 305-576-0080.