Return to Work Initiative

Introduction & Overview

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that unemployed Floridians MUST actively search for work as of Saturday, May 29, 2021. Also, Saturday, June 26, 2021 is the final day the state will issue the extra $300 weekly Federal unemployment benefit, which was implemented because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state’s work search requirement has been waived since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year when businesses were forced to shut down or scale back operations. The waiver allowed people to claim unemployment benefits without the requirement of having to reach out to five prospective employers each week. On May 29th, this policy ends.

Starting in June 2021, business owners will also now be able to report people not completing the work-search requirement, by either not showing up for an interview or refusing work.

Many Chamber members have open positions, and we invite unemployed residents looking for work to consider these opportunities.

  • Unemployed Residents: We strongly recommend you connect with our partners at CareerSource Flagler/Volusia, the region’s workforce development organization. CareerSource professionals will help you in a variety of ways, including resume development, job search and much more. You are not alone. CareerSource is here to help you! Visit to learn more or call 386-586-5169
  • Flagler County Business Leaders: We also strongly recommend that you connect with our partners at CareerSource Flagler/Volusia. Kevin Rogers, Business Services Representative at CareerSource can be reached at 386.341.0064. Kevin is the point of contact for business leaders to help fill open jobs, get jobs posted to the Employ Florida Marketplace and can get our Flagler businesses connected to additional resources CareerSource has available, including “OJT” and more.

Below are several resources from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity that will help unemployed residents understand the work search requirements:




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