Introduction for Employers

As an employer who may be forced to downsize or have layoffs at your company, you may be able to make available a variety of services for your employees who are facing these conditions. These services can be provided at no cost to your company.  Most companies that are facing these conditions must provide a 60-day notice of the layoff to workers or their representatives, the state dislocated worker unit, and the appropriate local entity.  To learn more about the sixty-day notification of a mass layoff, read Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification-WARN ACT, which explains this law.  You may also contact the Massachusetts’ Rapid Response Team for more information.

About Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

If your company’s downsizing or layoffs are due to foreign competition or production or services moving to a foreign country the TAA Program may be another way to assist your employees.

How do companies become TAA Certified?

The first step to TAA Certification is to file a petition with the US Department of Labor.
For your convenience, these are the two formats of the petition application below.

TAA Petition Form English
PDF Format | MS Word format

TAA Petition Form Spanish
PDF Format | MS Word format

There are two types of situations that can be investigated towards applying TAA Certification for your company and receive benefits; a Primary Firm and a Secondary Firm.

A Primary Firm is one that is directly affected by increased imports or from shifts in production overseas.  A Secondary Firm is one that supplies materials and/or components to a primary firm, assembles or finishes products made by a primary firm, or a family farm or farm workers who do not meet the eligibility requirements of a "group of workers".

What resources are available to employees under the Trade Program?

The Trade Adjustment Assistance services Program includes such benefits and allowances as:

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Individual Eligibility

After a workers company is certified, the worker must apply for a determination of individual eligibility for the Program prior to being approved for training or any other benefits provided under the Trade Programs.  These applications are referred to in Massachusetts as a “MA Form 1666”.  A form 1666 can be filed by an individual with the State at any local One Stop Career center-near-you.

Additional information about the Trade Program can be found at the US Department of Labor website.