The Trade Act of 1974, created a program called the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
(referred to as the TAA Program).

This program was to help individuals who become unemployed as a result of increased imports to return to suitable employment. This law was amended in 1993 to contain special provisions for workers of companies adversely affected by competition from Canada or Mexico, NAFTA/TAA (NAFTA).  It was again amended on August 6, 2002, repealing the NAFTA provisions and combining the programs into one under the Trade Reform Act of 2002.  In 2009, the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 was passed as part of the “Recovery Act” and also made changes to the program.  In February 2011, Congress passed the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAAEA), which included reversion instructions to commence on January 1, 2014.  These reversion provisions were referred to as "Reversion 2014".  

Most recently, The Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA 2015) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 29, 2015.  TAARA 2015 repeals the reversion provisions of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAAEA), and reauthorizes the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) retroactive back to January, 2014.

The Trade Program provides for reemployment services and allowances for eligible individuals.  These services and allowances may include: Employment Counseling, Vocational Testing, Job Placement, Supportive Services, Paid Retraining Programs, Additional Weekly Benefit Payments (TRA), wage subsidies for reemployed older workers (RTAA), Job Search and Relocation Allowances, and the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).

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


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