Important Information about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Quarter Change

The Department of Economic Opportunity must determine if individuals who are currently receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) or Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) are ineligible for state Reemployment Assistance benefits.

This routine task, often referred to as the Quarter Change, will determine if individuals could now be eligible for state Reemployment Assistance benefits.

The Quarter Change shifts the base period from January 2019 – December 2019 to April 2019 to March 2020.

Click here for the Quarter Change PUA Step-by-Step Guide

Click here for the Quarter Change PUA Questionnaire Video

Click here for the Quarter change PEUC Step-by-Step Guide

Click here for the Quarter Change PEUC Questionnaire Video

Click here for the Quarter change Fact Sheet.

What is Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)?

The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides unemployment benefits to those that may not otherwise be eligible under Florida’s State 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 and select “file a claim” to apply and be considered for PUA.

*Please note we are not the unemployment office and cannot answer questions about your claims, however, we feel these resources will help you with the application process.

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation

The Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) 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.

Am I Eligible?

You may wonder if you are eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Click here for various scenarios and benefits you may be entitled to.

Need Help?

For assistance, please contact the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity toll-free at 1-833-352-7759, submit your questions here or watch the Reemployment Assistance video tutorials here.

For more information visit Florida’s Reemployment Assistance page.

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