Reemployment Assistance

If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance.

  • Individuals who may be eligible for Reemployment Assistance may include:
  • Those who are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency,
  • Those who are laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer due to COVID-19 concerns, or
  • Those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19.

Individuals whose employment has been impacted but are still receiving wages through paid leave are not eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Reemployment Assistance For COVID-19

What is Reemployment Assistance?

Reemployment Assistance provides temporary wage replacement (unemployment insurance) benefits to eligible individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own.

Am I eligible for Reemployment Assistance?

If you have a history of wages in the state of Florida, you are actively able and available to seek and accept new employment, and you are currently unemployed or work reduced hours through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance benefits.

How do I file a Reemployment Assistance claim?

Reemployment Assistance claims are handled by the CONNECT system. You can file your claim by accessing CONNECT through in the Reemployment Assistance Service Center.

People who need assistance filing a claim online may call 1-800-204-2418.

What will I need to complete an application?

You will need the following information to complete an application:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License or State ID
  • Your last 18 months of employment (including name, separation reason, earnings, and dates of work)
  • Work authorization (if not a US citizen)
  • DD-214 member 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 (if a military employee)
  • SF 8 or SF 50 (if a federal employee)

What happens after I file a claim?

Your claim has two levels of review after you complete an application: 

  • Your history of wages is reviewed to determine if you have earned enough to qualify for benefits
  • Any issues (such as job separation) found during your application are reviewed to determine eligibility

You must login to the CONNECT system every two weeks to request benefit payment. Your first date to return to CONNECT is provided at the end of your application. You must request benefits even while your claim is being reviewed. During your request, you will need to report your job searches, work and any earnings.