Unemployment Survival Guide

May 19, 2020 / Comments (0)


As SEIU-FPSU we are encouraging members to fill out Florida unemployment, in addition to a CARES application, due to the possibility of Part-Time workers not qualifying for Unemployment.

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CARES Act Benefits and Implementation
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 includes Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) for those receiving any amount of Reemployment Assistance benefits. This will include an additional $600 weekly benefit for individuals that are eligible for state Reemployment Assistance benefits, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). FPUC applies to weeks beginning March 29, 2020 and ends July 31, 2020.

After receiving guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, DEO has begun aligning resources and technology to create the necessary processes to pay qualified individuals the benefits they are eligible for as quickly as possible.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC):
Under FPUC, eligible individuals will receive an additional $600 per week in addition to their weekly state Reemployment Assistance or other CARES Act program benefits. This FPUC payment is 100% federally funded and is available for weeks of unemployment beginning March 29, 2020, and ends the week ending July 25, 2020. FPUC is payable alongside the following programs:

  • Individuals who are collecting regular state Reemployment Assistance benefits
  • Individuals receiving Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • Individuals receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

CARES Eligibility:
Under the CARES Act, Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) is available for eligible applicants who are currently receiving regular state Reemployment Assistance benefits. FPUC is an additional $600 distributed weekly in addition to state Reemployment Assistance benefits. Due to the system upgrades in CONNECT, DEO is able to issue the additional $600 payments in multiple ways. If you are eligible and have previously provided a bank account in the CONNECT system, you will receive a direct deposit to your account. If you did not provide your bank account, you will receive a check to the mailing address provided on your account.