Trade information for workforce development professionals

TAA for workforce professionals

Introduction for the workforce professional

As a workforce professional providing services to dislocated workers who may qualify for assistance, there are many places you can obtain information to assist you in this task. In particular, for those workers who may have lost their jobs due to foreign competition, you can provide assistance and information on the Trade Programs.

Helping them to plan out their reemployment needs and goals and how they plan to attain those is vital. You are the cornerstone between the TAA Unit, Vendors, and the TAA Participants.

The following PowerPoint training presentations will give you a quick synopsis of the rules administered by the TAA Programs. 

TAA Training Material for Workforce Professionals

TAA Program
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for workers was first established at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by the Trade Act of 1974 (1974 Act). Currently, when DOL receives a petition for TAA from a group of workers or its authorized representative, DOL conducts a fact-finding investigation to determine whether increased imports have contributed importantly to the workers’ displacement. If the findings of the investigation show that the workers have been adversely affected by import competition, the Secretary of Labor issues a certification of eligibility to apply for adjustment assistance.

Petition Status – Check the status of a Petition
File a Petition – Download forms to file a Petition

Individual workers who meet the qualifying criteria may receive job retraining, income support in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), job search allowances, and relocation allowances.

In addition, all workers covered by a certification are eligible for basic reemployment services such as job referrals, job clubs, resume-writing assistance, and so forth.  

In Massachusetts, the services of the Trade Programs are administered by the MassHire Department of Career Services (MDCS). The weekly subsistence payments of the Trade Programs (referred to as Trade Readjustment Allowances, or TRA) are administered by the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA).  

The MDCS TAA Pamphlet provides a general information of the Benefits and Services provided through the One-Stop Career Centers - TAA Pamphlet 

For additional information regarding the Trade Program please visit the US Department of Labor website.

Forms to be used while participant is in Training:

Academic Course Outline   
For all Trade approved academic programs, (Certificate and/or Degree) at any College or University the school must provide the Trade Program with an individual course outline for the client.

Participant Reimbursement Form   
This form is for participants who request reimbursement for items that are required of all students in order to complete the training program.

Completion TRA Benchmarks Form and Instructions 
All participants under the 2011 and 2015 rules are required to have benchmarks showing satisfactory performance and progress for all trainings longer than 3 months.  Benchmarks are required as a part of the eligibility to receive up to 13 weeks of Completion TRA cash benefits while in training.

Trade Acts Matrix Table 

Matrix Table shows you the comparison of the four sets of rules administered by the TAA Program.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Booklet and Guide Cards
The following booklets and guide cards will give you a quick synopsis of the rules administered by the TAA Program. You may download and/or print to 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 

     TAARA 2015 (Program Benefits and Services Available Under the Trade Act 2015) – Spanish version 

     2015 Guide Cards  


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