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Purpose and Application
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program was created to provide benefits and support to workers who become unemployed due to the impact of international trade. The TAA program seeks to provide U.S. workers who are adversely affected by trade with the opportunity to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed. An adverse effect includes a job loss or threat of job loss.
The first step to receiving TAA benefits and services is to file a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). For information on the application process, please see the link below:
USDOL - Trade Act Programs: Trade Adjustment Assistance Application Process http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/DownloadPetitions.cfm
A petition identifies a worker group at a specific firm or subdivision and covers all individuals in that group. Generally, if a worker is laid off, a petition must be submitted within one year of the layoff for that worker to be covered by the petition.
Upon receiving a petition, the USDOL immediately begins an investigation to determine whether the circumstances of the layoff meet the group eligibility criteria established by the Trade Act of 2002 (which covers petitions below 69,999), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (which covers petitions 70,000-79,999) as amended, or the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act (TAAEA) of 2011(which covers petitions 80,000+). (See http://www.dol.gov/ for more details.) The USDOL may contact customers and suppliers of the company, and others, in order to determine whether the criteria below are met.
You may be eligible for TAA if your job is lost or threatened due to trade-related circumstances such as:
After investigating the petition, USDOL certifies or denies group eligibility to apply for TAA. Workers in a certified group then apply individually for benefits and services through their local WorkOne Center.
If you are a member of a worker group certified by USDOL and are determined to be individually eligible by your local WorkOne Center, you may be eligible to receive the following benefits and services:
Employment and Case Management Services:
- Skill Assessments
- Career Counseling
- Supportive Services
- Information on Training
Training: Up to 130-weeks of full-time training for qualified applicants.
Trade Readjustment Allowance:
- For petitions below 69,999- up to 130 weeks of income support for eligible workers enrolled in full-time training within 16 weeks of their trade-related layoff or 8 weeks of certification, whichever is later.
- For petitions 70,000-79,999- up to 156 weeks of income support for eligible workers enrolled in full-time training within 26 weeks of their trade-related layoff or certification, whichever is later.
- For petitions 80,000+- up to 130 weeks of income support for eligible workers enrolled in full-time training within 26 weeks of their trade-related layoff or certification, whichever is later.
Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance: A wage subsidy for up to 2-years that is available to workers age 50 or over who get reemployed at a reduced salary.
Job Search Allowance: Reimbursements for costs of a job search outside your local area.
Relocation Allowance: Reimbursements for costs of relocating to a job outside your local area
You should maintain contact with your local WorkOne Center at least once per month to ensure proper understanding of the rules, meet deadlines, and receive benefits and services under the TAA program.
USDOL - Trade Act Programs: Petition Determinations: http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/determinations.cfm
USDOL - Trade Act Programs: TAA for Workers: http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance
200 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 1-888-DOL-OTAA (1-888-365-6822) or 202-693-3560
Fax: 202-693-3584 or 202-693-3585