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TR 400.00 Trade Adjustment Assistance

Click on the case numbers below for cases that decide whether a claimant is eligible to apply for tuition and a cash allowance while in a training program funded by the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.

0020 1532 17

0020 1532 17 (Feb. 9, 2018) – Because the last date that the claimant performed, or could have performed, wage-earning services for his employer preceded the date covered by the TAA certification, he was not eligible to apply for TAA benefits.  The date that severance payments end is not the "last day worked" within the meaning of the Trade Act and its regulations. 

0008 9746 27

0008 9746 27 (May 29, 2014 ) – A claimant may quit unsuitable work in order to continue the requirements of a Trade Act-approved training program without jeopardizing her unemployment benefits.


BR-123778-TRA (Jan. 17, 2013) – A claimant whose termination from a trade-certified employer was determined to be non-disqualifying for purposes of receiving regular unemployment benefits under G.L. c. 151A, § 25(e)(2), was not eligible to participate in the Trade Program, because she did not separate due to “lack of work” within the meaning of the Trade Act.


BR-121844-TRA (Mar. 27, 2012) – A claimant, who missed the TRA application deadline because the school did not complete and submit its application to become an approved training program to DUA in time, was entitled to an extension of the deadline for good cause under the 2009 Amendments to the Trade Act.


BR-111865-TRA (Oct. 29, 2010) – Both the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the Massachusetts DUA act under the Secretary of Labor's delegated authority to administer the Trade Act.  Since the claimant's waiver application was submitted to the Illinois workforce agency before the statutory deadline, the claimant was entitled to a waiver even though Massachusetts did not receive the fax from Illinois until after the deadline.



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