By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
On September 8, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has completed the necessary technology changes to begin paying the Federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program benefits to eligible Floridians. This program, authorized by President Trump’s memorandum, provides additional benefits for individuals who are eligible for Reemployment Assistance for weeks of unemployment ending on or after August 1, 2020.
The LWA program will provide 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 the disruptions caused by COVID-19.
Eligible Floridians should anticipate receiving benefits from the LWA program in early September. Payments will be provided to eligible Floridians retroactively for weeks ending August 1, August 8, and August 15, 2020.
Governor DeSantis also has directed the 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. The waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020, as well (DEO Communication, 9/9/2020).
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