Florida: DEO announces waiver of waiting week for benefits
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Florida: DEO announces waiver of waiting week for benefits

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), at the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, has announced the waiving of the requirement to wait a week to receive Reemployment Assistance benefits through May 8, 2020.

Previously, Governor DeSantis waived the work search and online work registration requirements for Reemployment Assistance while the state works to stop the spread of COVID-19. Individuals filing for Reemployment Assistance will not be required to register with Employ Florida or submit information on a biweekly basis as to the employers contacted each week. The waiving of the waiting week is applicable to anyone who has filed for Reemployment Assistance beginning March 29, through May 8, 2020.

In addition, on Saturday, March 28, DEO Director Ken Lawson signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to execute the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in Florida. The CARES Act will provide Florida with funding to help individuals and businesses recover from the negative economic impacts of COVID-19. The DEO is working to get the resources provided through the CARES Act to Floridians as soon as possible and will be providing more information in the coming days (DEO Press Release, 4/2/2020).

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