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 down sizing or layoffs are doe 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.
There are two specific types of companies that can be affected and receive benefits from the TAA program; 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:
• Employment Counseling
• Vocational Testing
• Job Placement
• Supportive Services
• Paid Retraining Programs
• Job Search Allowances
• Relocation Allowances
• Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) Program (Please note that as of January 1, 2014 the tax credit will no longer be available. Please visit the HCTC Expiration for more information regarding how this will affect the Monthly and Yearly HCTC.)
Thee are also wage supplements to certain reemployed Trade-affected workers 50 years of age and older which are Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) and Reemployed Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA).
More information about these benefits are available under the TAA Program click here: "Useful Resources".
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 with the State at any local One Stop Career Center.
Additional information about the Trade Program can be found at the US Department of Labor website.