Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
Workforce Solutions Capital Area offers financial assistance to eligible individuals
for job search assistance, training, and other support services through funding
from the TAA program.
What does the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers program provide?
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers is a federally funded program, with
no costs to employers, that helps workers who are adversely affected by foreign
imports or job shifts to a foreign country. Assistance is provided to eligible workers
in the form of reemployment services, training, job search, relocation, and support
benefits in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA), a Health Coverage Tax
Credit (HCTC), and/or Alternative/Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA/RTAA)
for older workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) oversees the TAA program. At the state level, TWC administers
and oversees TAA, and shares in the delivery of TAA services with the 28 Workforce
Development Boards, including Workforce Solutions Capital Area.
What kind of training and services are available?
Benefits and services available to certified trade-impacted workers vary depending
upon the specific Trade law in effect at the time of DOL certification. Broadly
speaking, the benefits and services include the following:
- Employment and Case Management Services – Skill assessments, career counseling,
job search assistance, information on training, and more.
- Training - Vocational and remedial training. The maximum duration of TAA-supported
training will vary between 104 and 156 weeks, dependent on petition number.
- Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA) – Wage subsidies for workers enrolled
in full-time training who are enrolled no later than their waiver/in training deadline
date. The maximum duration of TRA support will vary between 104 and 156 weeks, dependent
on petition number and course of training.
- Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) – A tax credit covering 72.5% of the worker's
monthly premium for qualified health insurance.
- Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) – A wage subsidy for up to
2 years available to workers age 50 or over who are reemployed at annual wages of
$50,000 or less.
- Job Search Allowance – Reimbursement for job search costs outside the worker's
- Relocation Allowance – Reimbursement for relocation costs for a job outside
the worker's local area.
To qualify, applicants must be laid off from a job covered under a trade petition
certified by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
To receive TAA benefits and services, applicants must file a petition online or
by mail with DOL. Petitions may be filed by:
- Three or more workers in the same firm or subdivision;
- The workers' employer;
- A union official or other duly authorized representative of such workers; or
- Texas Workforce Solutions
Generally, if a worker is laid off, a petition must be submitted within one year
of the layoff for that worker to be covered by the petition and the certification
if DOL grants the petition.
Upon receiving a petition, DOL initiates an investigation to determine whether the
circumstances of the layoff meet the group eligibility criteria established by the
Trade Act of 1974, as amended.
A petition identifies a worker group at a specific firm or subdivision and covers
all individuals in that group. A group of workers may be eligible for TAA if their
jobs are lost or threatened due to trade-related circumstances as determined by
the DOL investigation. These circumstances may include:
- Increased imports of either articles or services;
- A shift in production to or an acquisition of services or articles from any foreign
country by a worker's company;
- A worker's employer's loss of business from a customer with TAA-certified workers;
- A worker's employer is identified as trade-injured by the International Trade Commission
When a trade petition is certified by DOL, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)
will contact the employer to secure a list of the affected workers and send each
individual listed under the petition a notice (Form BT-1) that includes the following
- Notification of potential eligibility for the TAA program
- TAA program benefits and services
- Deadline to apply for benefits
- Instructions to contact a Workforce Solutions office as soon as possible
How can I learn more?
Additional information on benefits and services are available at the DOL website.