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For a copy of a TAA petition or further
information please contact:
United States Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
Office of National Response
Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance
Room N-5422
200 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20210
Phone: 202-693-3560
Fax: 202-693-3584 or 3585
Web: http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact
Local One-Stop Career Center
To find the nearest One-Stop Career Center, call
1-877-US2-JOBS, 1-877-889-5627 (TTY), or visit
the America’s Service Locator Web site at:
Note: This brochure is intended as a general
description and is not legally binding.
One-Stop Career
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service” career
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learn about
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you get back in the
TAA Services and Benefits
Based on individual eligibility, members of a TAA
certified worker group may receive one or more of
the following through their One-Stop Career Center:
• Reemployment Services, including:
o Employment Registration
o Case Assessment
o Job Development
o Supportive Services
o Self-Directed Job Search Services
• Job Search Allowances: For costs of a job
search outside of the local area.
• Relocation Allowances: For costs of relocating
to a job outside of the local area.
• Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA): Up to
104* weeks of cash payments for eligible work-
ers enrolled in full-time training.
• Transportation & Subsistence Allowances:
For costs of attending training outside the local
• Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC):
A tax credit covering up to 65% of an eligible
participant’s monthly qualifying health insurance
• Training Services: Up to 104* weeks of
approved training, including:
o Classroom training
o On-the-job training
o Employer-based training
o Basic or remedial education (including literacy
training and English as a Second Language)
* Up to 26 additional weeks are available to workers who
require remedial education.
Trade Adjustment Assistance
(TAA) and Alternative Trade
Adjustment Assistance (ATAA)
Application Process
1. A firm closes a plant, threatens a layoff or lays
off workers.
2. A group of three or more workers, a company offi-
cial, a union or other duly authorized representa-
tive, a One-Stop operator, or a state workforce
agency may file a petition for TAA and ATAA cer-
tification. Petitions must be filed with the U.S.
Department of Labor (DOL) and the state in
which the plant is located.
a) The petition identifies a worker group at a
specific firm or subdivision and covers all
workers of that group, not just those who
submitted the petition.
b) The petition must be filed within one year of
a worker's layoff for that worker to be cov-
ered by the petition.
3. DOL investigates the petition. Investigations
typically take 40 days.
4. After investigating the petition, DOL certifies or
denies group eligibility to apply for TAA and ATAA
services and benefits and notifies the petitioners
and a company official. Workers in a group
denied certification may appeal the denial.
5. Workers in a certified group apply individually for
services and benefits through One-Stop Career
6. To receive Trade Readjustment Allowances
(TRA), a worker must either be enrolled in train-
ing 8 weeks after certification, 16 weeks after
his/her most recent qualifying separation, or
receive a waiver of the training requirement from
the state. The enrollment deadline may be
extended 45 days for extenuating circumstances.
ATAA For Older Workers
ATAA program benefits are provided as an alterna-
tive to the benefits offered under the regular TAA
program. Participation in ATAA allows workers age
50 or older, for whom retraining may not be appro-
priate, to accept reemployment at a lower wage
and receive a wage subsidy in lieu of the training
and income support offered under the regular TAA
In order to be eligible to receive ATAA benefits, an
individual must:
• Be certified as eligible to apply for both TAA
and ATAA;
• Obtain reemployment within 26 weeks of layoff
from the ATAA-certified employment;
• Be at least age 50 at time of reemployment;
• Not earn more than $50,000 annually in the
• Be reemployed full-time; and
• Not return to the same employment from which
he or she was separated.
Workers who meet these eligibility criteria quaify for
the following benefits:
• Wage Subsidy: 50% of the difference
between the worker’s wages in the ATAA-certi-
fied employment and a new job obtained within
26 weeks of layoff. A maximum of $10,000 is
available over a period of up to two years.
• HCTC: A tax credit covering 65% of an eligible
participant’s monthly health insurance premium.
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