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.

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TAA Affected Workers Flowchart  pdf format of 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

Benefits provided under the Trade Act are administered by the Department of Career Services (DCS) and Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) via your local Career Center.

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Program Benefits for TAA eligible workers
The following booklets contain information that will give you a quick synopsis of the four sets of rules administered by the Department of Career Services (DCS) and Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA).  You may download and/or print the applicable Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Booklet for your review.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA 2015) - Petition Numbers that begin at 85,000 and above
Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2015  pdf format of Program Benefits and Services Available Under TAA 2015
TAARA 2015 (Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2015) – Spanish version  pdf format of TAARA 2015 – Spanish version

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) 
Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2011  pdf format of Program Benefits and Services Available Under TAA 2011

Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA) - Petition Numbers that range between 70,000 to 79,999
Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2009  pdf format of Program Benefits and Services Available Under TAA 2009

Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002 (TAARA) - Petition Numbers 69,999 or below AND between 80,000 to 80,999 (Election group)
Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2002  pdf format of Program Benefits and Services Available Under TAA 2002

Individual Eligibility
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