Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) provides benefits to workers who lose their jobs or have their hours of work and wages reduced as a result of increased imports, or whose jobs were exported offshore.
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.
To qualify for these benefits, impacted workers must collectively file a petition with USDOL to certify that the company's layoffs were trade-affected. If USDOL certifies the company, each individual worker must then apply for eligibility.