Senator José Javier Rodríguez on March 18 requested expedited executive action addressing a number of concerns relating to removing barriers to accessing reemployment assistance in the face of unprecedented job losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) published an order waiving requirements related to reemployment (unemployment) assistance. Applicants no longer need to 1) register online or 2) show they’re able/available for work (“work search”). This order is retroactive to March 15th and is effective until May 2nd.
The order is available here: https://www.flrules.org/Faw/FAWDocuments/FAWVOLUMEFOLDERS2020/4658/4658doc.pdf
In response, Senator Rodríguez made the following statement:
“This emergency order addressing the work search requirements is a much needed step for out-of-work Floridians during this crisis, but it is only the first step as we try to address the inadequacies of the country’s worst unemployment insurance system. I thank Director Lawson and his team for working quickly and hope to continue making improvements as quickly as possible.”