What is TAA?
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) provides benefits to workers who lose their jobs, or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports, or whose jobs were exported offshore. The TAA program provides benefits which include a variety of reemployment services designed to help trade-affected workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment.
TAA Affected Workers Flowchart
In Massachusetts, the Department of Career Services (DCS) acts as an agent in administering the TAA programs via the US Department of Labor (USDOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA).
The eligibility process is initiated by the filing of a petition with the US Department of Labor for a determination that the company's layoffs were trade-affected. If the investigation concludes granting certification to the company, each individual worker must apply for eligibility.
Filing a Petition for Trade Benefits Eligibility:
Any one of the following may file for a petition:
1. Group of 3 or more affected workers
2. Official of the certified/recognized union or other representative
3. Official of the employer/firm
4. One-Stop operators/partners
5. State Dislocated Worker Unit (includes Trade Programs Unit)
Benefits Offered to Employees of a Trade-Certified Company
Program Benefits for TAA eligible workers
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA 2015) - Petition Numbers that begin at 85,000 and above
Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAAEA) - Petition Numbers that range between 81,000 to 84,999 AND between 80,000 to 80,999 (Election group)
Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA) - Petition Numbers that range between 70,000 to 79,999
Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002 (TAARA) - Petition Numbers 69,999 or below AND between 80,000 to 80,999 (Election group)
After your company is certified, you must then 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 in Massachusetts as the “Form 1666”. The 1666 Form can be filed electronically with the State via a local One Stop Career Center.
For additional information about the Trade Program please visit the US Department of Labor website or contact us