**ATTENTION: CLICK HERE to access information on Florida's Reemployment Assistance Program & for the latest updates regarding CareerSource Broward's response to COVID-19.**

Updates Regarding The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CareerSource Broward is proactively following and monitoring any news regarding COVID-19. Although our career centers and administrative office are temporarily closed, our staff is still working remotely to assist customers! Below is a listing that contains phone numbers that will allow you to access remote services should you have any questions or wish to speak with center staff.

Available Resources

Reemployment Assistance /Unemployment Benefits: (800) 204-2418 or www.floridajobs.org

  • To download the paper application (available in English, Spanish and Creole) for Reemployment Assistance (RA), click here.

How to File a Claim Online For Reemployment Assistance

Go to https://connect.myflorida.com/ 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.

  1. Your Social Security number
  2. The names, addresses and phone numbers of all your employers during the last 18 months.
  3. The dates you worked and total earnings from each employer.
  4. Driver’s License, State ID, Voter Registration number or other type of ID that could verify your identity.
  5. The name and local number of your labor union hall, if applicable
  6. If you are not a U.S. Citizen, your Alien Registration Number and work permit expiration date
  7. Your DD-214 form (if you were in the military within the last 2 years)
  8. 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 RA Hotline to speak with an agent anytime from Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1 (800) 204-2418. 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.

RA COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Job Search

To search for jobs or to apply for open positions, visit www.employflorida.com.

  • Business Damage Assessment Survey: A survey to determine damage to businesses and non-profits related to disaster impacts in Florida.
  • 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.
  • Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: the program is a short-term, interest-free working capital loan are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. 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.
  • Extended Deadline for Federal Income Tax: 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. Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. For more information, click here.
  • Center For Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Businesses
  • Paycheck Protection Program: the program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The Small Business Administration will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. For more information, click here.
  • 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.
  • Broward County Evictions Activites Suspended: The Broward Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the 17th Judicial Circuit, is suspending eviction activities until further notice due to the current public health crisis. For details, click here.
  • 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.

Agency Update #7 as of 4/6/20 at 9:39 a.m.

  • Reemployment Assistance benefits (formerly known as unemployment compensation) are available to Floridians whose employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • In addition to applying online, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is now accepting paper applications for Reemployment Assistance claims.
  • **IMPORTANT: Please note that paper applications could potentially take longer to process than completing an online application.
  • Click here for full details on how to download the paper application and the process for submitting claims for Reemployment Assistance.
  •  Individuals can also pick up a paper copy of the application at one of our three career centers Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Agency Update #6 as of 4/3/20 at 10:42 a.m.

    • WLRN recently spoke with CareerSource Broward's senior communications manager about the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and its impacts on the local economy. Other interview topics included unemployment assistance, available resources for businesses and the 2020 April Virtual Job Fair. For full article and audio from the interview, click here.
    • CareerSource Broward's Vice President of Communications and Business Relations spoke with WSVN about the upcoming virtual job fair being offered. To view the news story, click here.
    • Mason C. Jackson, president/CEO of CareerSource Broward, spoke with Daniel Lindblade from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce regarding available resources for businesses and workers amid the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. To listen to the podcast conversation, click here.   


    Agency Update #5 as of 3/27/20 at 9:37 a.m.

    • CareerSource Broward will host a virtual job fair on Friday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Available positions at the job fair will include customer service representatives, medical scribes, retail stock associates, cashiers, licensed insurance agents, security guards and others. Companies scheduled to participate include Amazon, Walgreens, GEICO, Walmart, Broward County Government, ShipMonk and more. There is NO COST to attend the virtual job fair. To register, click here
    • To view a list of employers scheduled to participate at the virtual job fair, click here.

    Agency update #4 as of 3/25/20 at 10:13 a.m.

    Thinking about laying off your employees? DON'T!
    Watch this video from our President/CEO.

    Agency Update #3 as of 3/21/20 at 10:09 a.m.

    • Sun-Sentinel recently featured an op-ed from CareerSource Broward's President/CEO Mason C. Jackson about why South Florida businesses should not lay off their workers amid the COVID-19 crisis. To read the full article, click here
    • CareerSource Broward's President/CEO Mason C. Jackson recently interviewed with WPLG Local 10 News to encourage employers to keep their workers amid the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to watch the interview.

    Agency Update #2 as of 3/17/20 at 10:32 a.m.

    • Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, CareerSource Broward has taken precautionary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of both staff and customers. 
    • Out of an abundance of caution, we have temporarily closed our administrative office and career centers effective March 17 until further notice. 
    • CareerSource Broward is postponing all public events, including job fairs, onsite recruitments, workshops and community events, until further notice.
    • In order to serve the immediate needs of job seekers, employers and the general public, staff will continue to work remotely by leveraging technology to conduct and/or reschedule appointments, send and receive documentation and facilitate outreach to Broward County employers.
    • Click here to access remote services should you have any questions or wish to speak with center staff.
    • If you are a participant in any of our employment-related programs (Welfare Transition Program, SNAP, WIOA), please also feel free to email your assigned success coach, as well. 

    Agency Update #1 as of 3/11/20 at 4:45 p.m.

    In light of the ongoing news and concerns posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19), I’d like to take the time to personally let you know that our main priority here at CareerSource Broward is the safety and well-being of both our customers and staff. Our agency has been proactively following and monitoring any news regarding COVID-19, and we will continue to assess the situation as more information becomes available.

    Given that the coronavirus is a rapidly changing situation, we understand that some of our customers may wish to limit public interactions as much as possible. To that end, please note that we offer a variety of convenient employment and business services without having to visit one of our career centers. However, here are some of the steps our team has taken to ensure that we are addressing the issue of safety:

    • CareerSource Broward recently purchased several new units of anti-bacterial wipes, Lysol spray, latex gloves and other key cleaning supplies to be used by staff and customers.
    • Our human resources department continues to share advisories and updates from the Florida Department of Health and/or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has advised staff that may be experiencing flu-like symptoms to stay home.
    • Signage has been posted at each of our career centers asking individuals and customers with symptoms not to come in to the center, but to call us for services or to reschedule an appointment instead.
    • Technology, including e-learning and assessment tools, will be leveraged in order to accommodate customers.
    • Our staff will be utilizing agency-issued cell phones to conduct appointments, while also using scan, fax and email options to send and receive documentation to customers and schools – limiting face-to-face contact.
    • Our agency is also pushing the state to make decisions about mandatory participation requirements, either suspending them or allowing for documents to be submitted through phone, fax, email or photo imaging. The state has indicated that they will get us a decision soon.
    • We are accessing our ability to deliver our professional workshops and orientations online. For those who do not have access to the Internet, the presentations could potentially be emailed to customers for them to access at a later time.
    • Our employer services team will be working with employers and businesses who have scheduled onsite recruitments to determine if we can conduct the events as “virtual” recruitments.

      CareerSource Broward highly encourages individuals to take any and all necessary precautions to remain safe, particularly if you are in a high-risk demographic, including the elderly or those with a compromised immune system. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we strongly recommend that you stay home and contact your healthcare provider and/or the Broward County Health Department. You can find information and details on ways to protect yourself and others by clicking here. Additional updates and up-to-date information about COVID-19 can also be found by visiting www.floridahealth.gov or www.broward.org/coronavirus.

      Should you have any questions regarding our employment services, upcoming events or employer solutions, please feel free to contact one of our three career centers nearest you. We at CareerSource Broward never take for granted your decision to work with us, and we look forward to serving you for all of your workforce development needs.


      Regards,
      Mason C. Jackson, President/CEO
      CareerSource Broward