The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program helps workers who lose their jobs due to foreign competition, including work being moved outside of the United States. TAA program benefits and services make it easier to move past the disruption caused by your layoff, easier to develop in-demand skills, and easier to land a good-paying, full-time job.
The process begins with a petition, which may be filed by the employees, a union representative, the company itself, or sometimes job center staff. The U.S. Department of Labor reviews the petition and investigates whether jobs have been or will be lost because the company is outsourcing work to another country, or losing business because of foreign imports. If the U.S. Department of Labor certifies your group, TAA program benefits and services become available. The next step is for you to complete a TAA program application, so the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) can determine your individual eligibility and provide program benefits and services through the state’s job center locations.
To find out more information on how to start the petition process for your company or to check if your company was certified, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's website and search for your company’s name.
To be eligible for the TAA Program, you must:
NOTE: You must also apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI), even if you don't expect to get any payments, because TAA benefits are processed through the UI system.
The TAA program was established in 1974 by the Federal Trade Act. This law has since been amended in 2002, 2009, 2011, and 2015. The relevant federal statutes & regulations can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor's website.
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