Florida $1000 Checks For First Responders: Who’s Eligible?

Eligible Americans will receive a $1,000 bonus as part of a programme that benefits first responders.

The direct payments are part of the Essential First Responders Recognition Program in Florida.

Earlier this week, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida addressed the topic of the payments while speaking at an event.

For the second year in a row, Florida officials approved bonuses for all first responders across the state.

The eligibility criteria were developed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and approved by lawmakers.

Who is eligible?

a) The employee must be a sworn law enforcement officer, an emergency medical technician (EMT), a firefighter, or a paramedic employed by a local government.

b) To comply with the requirements, the first responder must work for the local government beginning May 1st, 2022.

Employees' weekly hours are used to determine bonuses: FTE = 0.25 (the employee works at least 10 hours per week): After-tax payment of $250; check total of $334.69

How much will you receive?

FTE Count 0.50 (at least 20 hours per week worked): $500 recognition payment after taxes; $669.38 check total

FTE Count 0.75 (at least 30 hours per week worked): $750 recognition payment after taxes; $1,004.08 check total

FTE Count 1.00 (at least 40 hours per week worked): $1,000 recognition payment after taxes; $1,338.77 check total