Florida Unemployed must Re-certify Every 2 weeks

Governor DeSantis announced over the weekend that unemployed Floridians are required to login to the DEO CONNECT Reemployment portal every two weeks to recertify that they are eligible for benefits. This has caused some confusion from furloughed and laid off employees, because the requirement to search for work was extended to May 30, but this is a separate requirement.

On the DEO Reemployment Claimant’s portal, there is an FAQ on this topic. On page 9 of the Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide – COVID-19, it states: “In order to better serve you, Governor DeSantis suspended the bi-weekly reporting requirement until May 9, 2020. However, to comply with federal law, weeks beginning May 10, 2020, claimants will be required to return to the CONNECT system every two weeks to request their benefits or “claim their weeks.” In doing so, the claimants will confirm that they are still unemployed and acknowledge that they are able and available for work should it be offered.”

If you need help claiming reemployment benefits, Florida residents should download the Guide for Claiming your Reemployment Assistance Weeks on the DEO website, and follow the step by step instructions.

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