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.
- 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 (8) weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020. For more information about the program, click here. Additional details regarding the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 can be found 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.
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) Debt Relief Program: This program can provide a reprieve to small businesses as they overcome the challenges created by the COVID-19 health crisis. 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.
- 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.
Agency Update #16 as of 6/29/20 at 9:56 a.m.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, CareerSource Broward has been extremely active with supporting both individuals and businesses in Broward County, as we all work together to recover. Click here to view our latest infograph, which highlights our ongoing efforts.
Agency Update #15 as of 6/26/20 at 1:53 p.m.
- Funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) remains, but all business owners, who are considering applying, must submit their application to a participating lender by June 30. For more information on the Paycheck Protection Program, click here.
- To further meet the needs of small businesses and non-profits, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants still experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19. To apply, click here. The EIDL program will remain open until the funds are depleted or until December 30, 2020.
Agency Update #14 as of 6/1/20 at 11:20 a.m.
- CareerSource Broward's career centers and administrative office have reopened, as it remains dedicated to assisting both job seekers and employers with their employment, hiring and training needs.
- Online virtual services will continue to be offered to customers who wish to practice social distancing amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- CareerSource Broward is encouraging all customers to schedule an appointment prior to visiting a career center. To schedule an appointment, customers can contact their nearest career center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- For more details, click here.
Agency Update #13 as of 5/20/20 at 11:05 a.m.
- 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.
Agency Update #12 as of 5/14/20 at 10:40 a.m.
- Media representatives from CareerSource Broward spoke with WSFL-TV The CW South Florida regarding our bi-weekly virtual job fairs. The two news stories aired on the network and also featured two Broward County employers who participated in the online job fairs. To view the first news story, click here. For the second news story, click here.
Agency Update #10 as of 5/1/20 at 5:18 p.m.
- CareerSource Broward's Senior Communications Manager Javon Lloyd spoke with WIOD News Radio 610AM regarding the biweekly virtual job fairs, as well as the online virtual workshops that are being offered. To view the news story, click here.
Agency Update #9 as of 4/30/20 at 11:21 a.m.
- 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. For a list of frequently asked questions, click here.
- CareerSource Broward is now offering online professional workshops at NO COST. The workshops are designed to help keep you competitive in your search for employment and cover a variety of topics, including resume writing, interview tips, social media and more. Additional information can be found by visiting https://careersourcebroward.com/career-seekers/onlineworkshops.
- The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has announced that it will be conducting nightly maintenance to the CONNECT system to process claims and payments faster. CONNECT will be available from 8 a.m. to 7:59 p.m. daily. This schedule does not affect individuals that wish to file a new claim. Individuals can file a new claim 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
- An online virtual job fair is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2020. Additional information, including how to register, can be found by visiting www.careersourcebroward.com/virtualjobfair.
- CareerSource Broward's President/CEO Mason Jackson recently spoke with WPLG Local 10 News regarding the challenges many individuals are still facing regarding unemployment as a result of COVID-19. To view the news story, click here.
- CareerSource Broward's Senior Communications Manager, Javon Lloyd interviewed with Sun-Sentinel regarding the biweekly virtual job fairs starting May 1, through June 2020. To view the news story, click here.
- CareerSource Broward will host its upcoming virtual job fair on Friday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Available positions at the upcoming event include customer service representatives, retail stock associates, cashiers, licensed insurance agents, nurses, accountants, electricians and more. Companies scheduled to participate include the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States Census Bureau, American Medical Depot, Walmart, Walgreens, Domino's, ScribeAmerica, Premier Aircraft Service 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.
- 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) pandemic.
- Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced a new, mobile-friendly online application for Reemployment Assistance available at www.FloridaJobs.org/RAApplication.
- DEO is also accepting paper applications for Reemployment Assistance claims. Click here to download the paper application.
- **IMPORTANT: Please note that paper applications could potentially take longer to process than completing an online application.
- 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.
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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.
Mason C. Jackson, President/CEO