IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CHANGES TO THE TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE (TAA) PROGRAM
Expiration of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (2011 Trade Act)
Unless Congress acts to extend the 2011 Trade Act, it will expire on Dec. 31, 2013. If the 2011 Trade Act is allowed to expire, workers covered by certified TAA petitions that were filed on and after Feb. 15, 2011 and received by 11:59 p.m. (E.S.T.) on Dec. 31, 2013, may continue to receive the same benefits that were available under the 2011 Trade Act.
For workers covered under new petitions filed on or after Jan. 1, 2014, the TAA program eligibility requirements, benefits, and services will revert back to the provisions in effect under the TAA Reform Act of 2002 (2002 Trade Act), with some of the changes made by the 2011 Trade Act continuing. Under this so-called "Reversion 2014" Trade Act, for example:
Additional TRA will continue to be available for up to 65 weeks in a 78 week eligibility period.
Completion TRA will continue to be available instead of Remedial TRA.
Waivers for enrollment in training deadlines will continue to only be issued in cases of health issues, if training will not begin right away, or if suitable training is not available.
Under "Reversion 2014" Trade Act, workers will need to meet some important deadlines. These include applying for training within 210 days of your most recent qualifying separation, or the certification date, in order to be eligible to receive additional or completion TRA. (See "TRADE ACT OF 2002" below.)
Expiration of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)
The HCTC program provides a tax credit to assist with the payment of health insurance premiums for those who qualify. If Congress does not act to extend the program, it will expire on Dec. 31, 2013 and HCTC benefits will no longer be available.
NOTE: This website will be updated as further information becomes available.
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
TAA was established under the Trade Act of 1974 to help American workers who lost their jobs as a result of increased imports or shifts in production to foreign countries. It is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and cooperating state employment agencies. The Trade Act has been amended several times since 1974.
If increased competition from imports has contributed significantly to the workers’ unemployment with an employer, a petition for TAA eligibility may be filed by any group of three or more workers of a firm or subdivision of a firm, their union, or their duly authorized representative. The group may petition the U.S. DOL for a determination of eligibility to apply for TAA at http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/
If the U.S. DOL determines that trade import injury has occurred to an employer, it will issue a certification of eligibility so that employees who have been laid off or had their hours reduced may apply for TAA benefits. The benefits available vary depending on when the petition was filed with the U.S. DOL. Information on the benefits available under the different programs can be found by following the links below.
TRADE ACT OF 2002
(Certified Petitions filed on or after Nov. 4, 2002, and before May 18, 2009)
TRADE ACT OF 2009
(Certified Petitions filed on or after May 18, 2009, and no later than Feb. 14, 2011)
TRADE ACT OF 2011
(Certified Petitions filed on or after Feb. 15, 2011)