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. As "trade-affected workers". The TAA program benefits include a variety of reemployment services designed to help trade-affected workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment.
Additionally, weekly Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) may be payable to eligible workers following the exhaustion of unemployment benefits.
In Massachusetts, The Department of Career Services acts as an agent in administering the TAA program via the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor
The eligibility process is initiated by the filing of a petition with the USDOL 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.
If you are facing a layoff from a company that is downsizing or laying-off due to increased imports, you may be eligible for a variety of services available through the TAA Program.
The TAA Program includes such benefits and allowances as:
- Employment Counseling
- Vocational Testing
- Job Placement
- Supportive Services
- Paid Retraining Programs
- Job Search Allowances
- Health Coverage Tax Credits (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.)
- Weekly Subsistence Benefit Payments (Trade Readjustment Allowances or TRA, which are administered by the Department of Unemployment Assistance)
There 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).
How To File A Petition For Trade Benefits Eligibility:
Who can file?
- Group of 3 or more affected workers
- Official of the certified/recognized union or other representative
- Official of the employer/firm
- One-Stop operators/partners
- State Dislocated Worker Unit (includes Trade Programs Unit)
For an application and instructions on to apply for Trade certification,
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, referred to Massachusetts as a Form 1666, can be filed with the State via a local One Stop Career Center.
How do I find out more about the Benefits offered?Benefits Offered to Employees of a Trade-Certified Company
Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) (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.)
For additional information about the Trade Program, please visit the
US Department of Labor website or contact us
Charles F. Hurley Building
Po Box 8370
19 Staniford Street
Boston MA 02114