Reemployment Assistance Program and CONNECT

(formerly known as Unemployment Compensation)

The Reemployment Assistance Program (RAP) provides temporary benefits to qualified workers who are out of work through no fault of their own. Any worker in an Employee/Employer relationship is eligible to file for benefits (Salaried and OPS).

Human Resources within the Justice Administrative Commission (JAC) is charged with the responsibility of receiving claims filed with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) by employees who are no longer employed with JAC and the agencies we administratively serve. Once the claims are received, HR forwards them to the appropriate agency to respond to DEO. The agency has 20 calendar days from the date of the claim to file a response. In responding to these claims, the agency should consider the relevant facts of the Claimant's separation, and fashion an appropriate response to DEO on the initial claim form. Once a response is filed with DEO, that agency is ultimately responsible in determining whether to approve or deny benefits as payable to the claimant based on the information provided by both the claimant and the agency.

Effective July 1, 2016, JAC and the agencies we administratively serve gained access to the statewide RAP online system called CONNECT. This gives the circuits the ability to receive forms and respond online. The circuits will need to work directly with DEO in establishing a username and password for their account. You can do that by emailing Keita Bryant at JAC will continue to forward any documents we receive from DEO to the appropriate circuit.

If you have questions about the process or determinations, please contact Andy Snuggs at, Amber Moore at or Monica Thomas at

CONNECT Training

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Who is eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance Benefits?
When do claimants begin to receive a benefit?
What is a base period?
Are OPS employees eligible for RA benefits and if so, why?
How is it possible that a current employee is able to receive RA benefits?
When an employee retires from the state and receives a retirement benefit, can they also receive RA benefits?
What happens when an employer wins an appeal and the claimant was already receiving a benefit from RA? Is the agency immediately reimbursed?
Why is the agency being charged RA benefits if they are not the last employer and they separated from them voluntarily?

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