Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program is available to workers who lose their jobs, hours or income as a result of increased foreign trade activity. The TAA is funded by of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA). We administer the program.
If you believe you lost your job -- or had your work hours or wages reduced -- due to federal trade activity you could be eligible for federal assistance.
Workers may be eligible for training services, job search allowances, relocation allowances and reemployment services, including some or all of the following:
- Reemployment services
- Job Search allowances
- Relocation allowances
- Funded training
- Weekly Trade Readjustment Allowances for eligible workers who have exhausted their Unemployment Compensation benefits, and are in training
- Health Coverage Tax Credit
- Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance/Reemployed Trade Adjustment Assistance
- On-the-job training
When a layoff or work reduction occurs, a petition for TAA must be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor and the TAA Coordinator by one of the following:
- A group of three or more workers
- A certified union official or representative
- An official of the employer/firm
- A One-Stop agency or partner agency
- A State dislocated worker TAA unit staff
The petition is available online at www.doleta.gov/tradeact.
Questions about completing this form should be directed to the State TAA Coordinator at DEED via email, or call toll-free at (888) 234-1330.
Filing a petition is done in conjunction with immediate rapid response and basic adjustment services to workers. Rapid reemployment is the goal. The U.S. Department of Labor has 40 calendar days to complete its investigation and make a decision on eligibility.
There are two types of eligibility for TAA benefits: group and individual eligibility. A different process applies to each:
The U.S. Department of Labor reviews a petition on behalf of a group of workers in a particular company. It decides whether they are eligible to apply for TAA benefits and programs.
On behalf of the state, your local WorkForce Center or the approved program operator reviews applications from individual workers whose group petition has already been certified. The recommend to the state which TAA program benefits the worker is eligible to receive.
To be eligible for TAA benefits, an applicant must meet three requirements:
- Have lost their job or had your work hours reduced to 80 percent or less and lost 20 percent or more in wages.
- Belong to a group of employees certified by the U.S Department of Labor. This means that an investigation has found that increased imports "contributed importantly" to the loss of jobs or reduction in hours and wages
- Have been laid off or partially separated on or after the impact date and before the termination or expiration date of the certification. The layoff or partial separation had to be caused by lack of work
Applicants who meet these requirements should visit their nearest local WorkForce Center or the approved program operator and file an application for a determination of individual eligibility for TAA, or contact the State Coordinator at (651) 259-7543 or toll-free at (888) 234-1330.
Petition forms may be requested through the State Coordinator by calling toll-free at (888) 234-1330, or by downloading the petition forms.