Trade Adjustment Assistance

Purpose and Application

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program was created to provide benefits and support to workers who become unemployed due to the impact of international trade. The TAA program seeks to provide U.S. workers who are adversely affected by trade with the opportunity to obtain the skills, resources, and support they need to become reemployed. An adverse effect includes a job loss or threat of job loss.

The first step to receiving TAA benefits and services is to file a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). For information on the application process, please see the link below:

USDOL - Trade Act Programs: Trade Adjustment Assistance Application Process http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/DownloadPetitions.cfm

A petition identifies a worker group at a specific firm or subdivision and covers all individuals in that group. 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.

Group Eligibility

Upon receiving a petition, the USDOL immediately begins an investigation to determine whether the circumstances of the layoff meet the group eligibility criteria established by the Trade Act of 2002 (which covers petitions below 69,999), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (which covers petitions 70,000-79,999) as amended, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act (TAAEA) of 2011 (which covers petitions 80,000-84,999), or the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act (TAARA) of 2015 (which covers petitions 85,000+). (See http://www.dol.gov/ for more details.)

The USDOL may contact customers and suppliers of the company, and others, in order to determine whether criteria are met for certification. After investigating the petition, USDOL certifies or denies group eligibility to apply for TAA. Workers in a certified group then apply individually for benefits and services through their local WorkOne Center/American Job Center (AJC).

Benefits and Services

If you are a member of a worker group certified by USDOL and are determined to be individually eligible by your local WorkOne Center/AJC, you may be eligible to receive the following benefits and services:

Training
Full-time or part-time occupational skills training, on-the-job training, apprenticeship training and customized training may be available for eligible participants. If eligible, the training benefit covers the cost of tuition, books and required materials for an approved training plan.

Trade Readjustment Allowance
Income support benefits may be available while participating in full-time training.

Job Search Allowances
If a worker is required to search for work outside of the normal commuting area (25 miles), the benefit reimburses 90 percent of pre-approved expenses incurred while attending a job search activity (e.g. interview, employer testing, etc.).

Relocation Allowances
If a worker successfully obtains employment outside of the normal commuting area (25 miles) and must relocate, the benefit reimburses 90 percent of pre-approved expenses incurred to move the participant, family and household goods plus a one-time lump sum payment of $1,250.

Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)
Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) is a wage subsidy program for workers over the age of 50 who accept reemployment at a lower wage. RTAA provides 50 percent of the difference between the separation wage and reemployment wage up to $10,000 or two years, whichever occurs first.

Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)
If eligible, HCTC may pay a portion of a participant's health insurance premiums to qualified providers, or it may be taken as a tax credit. HCTC is administered by the IRS, and additional information may be found at http://www.irs.gov/HCTC.

Case Management Services

  • Comprehensive Assessments
  • Individual Employment Plan (IEP)
  • Information on Training
  • Financial Aid Information
  • Short-Term Prevocational Services
  • Individual Career Counseling
  • Employment Statistics Information
  • Supportive Service Information

You should maintain contact with your local WorkOne Center/AJC at least once per month to ensure proper understanding of the rules, meet deadlines, and receive benefits and services under the TAA program.

Find your local WorkOne Career Center/AJC

Additional USDOL Links

USDOL - Trade Act Programs: Petition Determinations: http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/determinations.cfm

USDOL - Trade Act Programs: TAA for Workers: http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact

Indiana TAA/TRA Contact Information

Dawn Axsom
Director, Dislocated Worker Unit
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
2437 N. 6th St.
Vincennes, IN 47591
Cell: (812) 830-0203
Fax: (812) 882-8772
Email: DRAxsom@dwd.in.gov

Kyle Lively
Combined Wage/TRA Supervisor
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
10 N. Senate St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2277
Phone: (317) 234-5417
Fax: (317) 233-5499
Email: KLively@dwd.in.gov

Mandy Mahurin
DWU Operations Manager
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
2437 N. 6th St.
Vincennes, IN 47591
Phone: (812) 881-9514
Fax: (812) 882-8772
Email: MMahurin@dwd.in.gov