Updates Regarding The Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CareerSource Broward is proactively monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although our career centers and administrative office have reopened, we strongly encourage customers to utilize our remote virtual services for their employment and workforce needs. Below contains information that will allow you to access remote services, should you have questions or wish to speak with center staff.
Reemployment Assistance /Unemployment Benefits: 1 (833) FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759) or www.floridajobs.org/raaplication.
- To download the paper application (available in English, Spanish and Creole), click here.
How to File a Claim Online For Reemployment Assistance
Go to www.floridajobs.org/raaplication to access the online system to file an RA Claim, claim your weeks or access frequently asked questions. The online system is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. However, the online system is only available to claim weeks Monday – Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Before filing your claim online, gather the following information to assist you in completing the application.
- Your Social Security number
- The names, addresses and phone numbers of all your employers during the last 18 months.
- The dates you worked and total earnings from each employer.
- Driver’s License, State ID, Voter Registration number or other type of ID that could verify your identity.
- The name and local number of your labor union hall, if applicable
- If you are not a U.S. Citizen, your Alien Registration Number and work permit expiration date
- Your DD-214 form (if you were in the military within the last 2 years)
- Form SF-50 or for SF-8 and check stubs or W-2 proof of earnings (if you were a federal employee)
You may call the Reemployment Assistance Customer Service center to speak with an agent anytime from Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1 (833) FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759). RA agents can provide information about filing a claim, claiming your weeks or obtaining information about your claim. Submit questions or comments regarding the RA program by accessing the Reemployment Assistance Contact Form online at www.floridajobs.org/fileaclaim. All email inquiries will be responded to by an RA agent within 5 business days, either by email or telephone, based on your choice.
Request to Modify Claim (Application) Filing Effective Date
Starting Monday, July 6, the request to modify the date of your claim must be made by calling the Reemployment Assistance Customer Service center at 1-833-FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759 and choose 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. For more information, click here.
CareerSource Broward COVID-19 Dislocated Worker Program
The COVID-19 Dislocated Worker Program provides temporary employment (up to 4 months) for workers affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The pay rate for the jobs offered through this work program may range between $10 and $20 per hour. For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit disasterjobs.careersourcebroward.com.
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation:
The Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is now available. This program, offered through the federal CARES Act and administered by DEO, provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to a claimant who has exhausted their Reemployment Assistance benefits.
Floridians will need to apply for PEUC benefits once the balance of their current claim is exhausted. Floridians who have already exhausted their benefits or have a Reemployment Assistance claim that expired after July 1, 2019, will also be able to apply.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides unemployment benefits to those that may not otherwise be eligible under Florida’s Reemployment Assistance Program, including independent contractors and individuals who are self-employed. Individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19 and believe they may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance can visit www.FloridaJobs.org and select "File a Claim" to apply and be considered for PUA.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance FAQs
- Applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Cares Act: Flowchart
For a list of Reemployment Assistance FAQs, visit https://covid19.floridajobs.org/.
To search for jobs or to apply for open positions, visit www.employflorida.com.
Florida law requires claimants (unless otherwise exempt or requirements waived by the governor) to complete the work registration process in Employ Florida prior to requesting Reemployment Assistance benefit payments. Employ Florida is a valuable resource that can assist you in securing employment and connect you with other resources.
- Business Damage Assessment Survey: A survey to determine damage to businesses and nonprofits related to disaster impacts in Florida.
- COVID-19 Dislocated Worker Program (Worksite Agreement): CareerSource Broward is seeking public sector and nonprofit organizations to serve as host worksites for it's dislocated worker program. There is no cost to participating businesses, as the grant pays 100% of the workers’ wages and mandatory benefits, as well as any required background checks. More information can be found here.
- Short Time Compensation Program: Employers can receive assistance in retaining their workforce in times of temporary slowdown. The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short Time Compensation plan to avoid total layoff of some employees. For more information, click here.
- U.S. Small Business Disaster Assistance: The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, click here.
- Main Street Lending Program: The Federal Reserve has announced that it is establishing a Main Street Lending Program to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. More details about the program can be found here.
- Enterprise Florida's Microfinance Guarantee Program: The program provides access to credit for Florida entrepreneurs and small businesses through targeted loan guarantees. This program provides guarantees of up to 50 percent on loans of $250,000 or less. For more information, click here.
- SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund: The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) has launched the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. For more information, click here.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources For Employers
- Center For Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Businesses
- Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Toolkit
- Current Travel Advisories
- FPL: For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, FPL is suspending disconnections at least through the end of March. For additional assistance, click here.
- Comcast: For updates from Comcast related to COVID-19, click here.
- AT&T: For updates from AT&T related to COVID-19, click here or call 800-288-2020.
- Federal Taxes: The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax. For more information, click here.