In response to widespread issues with Florida’s Reemployment Assistance system, legislators across Palm Beach County are offering assistance to constituents trying to file for benefits.
Democratic Representative Emily Slosberg says her office has joined in to help make the process for filing easier by providing paper copies of the reemployment assistance applications. The applications have been placed throughout 10 different legislation offices around Palm Beach County. This will allow the unemployment website online to run smoother and efficiently.
"This is something that we couldn’t foresee, that the website would crash like that and that many people would be applying at that time it was unforeseeable, Rep. Emily Slosberg says. "So coming up with that paper application shows we were coming up with a better way to help the people.”
Right now, Florida residents can only claim 12 weeks of unemployment benefits, while some states allow 26 weeks.
According to the governor's office, more than 225,000 claims have been filed.
The applications have been placed throughout 10 different legislation offices around Palm Beach County.
Slosberg, says it should only take roughly ten days before a person starts seeing their benefits begin.