Trade Adjustment Assistance

Overview

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program is available to workers who lose their jobs, hours or income as a result of increased foreign trade activity. The TAA is funded by of the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA). We administer the program.

If you believe you lost your job -- or had your work hours or wages reduced -- due to federal trade activity you could be eligible for federal assistance.

Workers may be eligible for training services, job search allowances, relocation allowances and reemployment services, including some or all of the following:

  • Reemployment services
  • Job Search allowances
  • Relocation allowances
  • Funded training
  • Weekly Trade Readjustment Allowances for eligible workers who have exhausted their Unemployment Compensation benefits, and are in training
  • Health Coverage Tax Credit
  • Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance/Reemployed Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • On-the-job training

Eligibility 
When a layoff or work reduction occurs, a petition for TAA must be filed with the U.S. Department of Labor and the TAA Coordinator by one of the following:

  • A group of three or more workers
  • A certified union official or representative
  • An official of the employer/firm
  • A One-Stop agency or partner agency
  • A State dislocated worker TAA unit staff

The petition is available online at www.doleta.gov/tradeact.

Questions about completing this form should be directed to the State TAA Coordinator at DEED via email, or call toll-free at (888) 234-1330.

Filing a petition is done in conjunction with immediate rapid response and basic adjustment services to workers. Rapid reemployment is the goal. The U.S. Department of Labor has 40 calendar days to complete its investigation and make a decision on eligibility.

There are two types of eligibility for TAA benefits: group and individual eligibility. A different process applies to each:

Group Eligibility 
The U.S. Department of Labor reviews a petition on behalf of a group of workers in a particular company. It decides whether they are eligible to apply for TAA benefits and programs.

Individual Eligibility 
On behalf of the state, your local WorkForce Center or the approved program operator reviews applications from individual workers whose group petition has already been certified. They recommend to the state which TAA program benefits the worker is eligible to receive.

To be eligible for TAA benefits, applicants must meet three requirements:

  • Have lost their job or had their work hours reduced to 80 percent or less and lost 20 percent or more in wages.
  • Belong to a group of employees certified by the U.S Department of Labor. This means that an investigation has found that increased imports "contributed importantly" to the loss of jobs or reduction in hours and wages.
  • Have been laid off or partially separated on or after the impact date and before the termination or expiration date of the certification. The layoff or partial separation had to be caused by lack of work.

Applicants who meet these requirements should visit their nearest WorkForce Center or the approved program operator and file an application for a determination of individual eligibility for TAA, or contact the State Coordinator at (651) 259-7543 or toll-free at (888) 234-1330.

Establishing Eligibility 
Petition forms may be requested through the State Coordinator by calling toll-free at (888) 234-1330, or by downloading the petition forms.

Training 
TAA training helps trade-impacted workers obtain the skills necessary to gain suitable employment. TAA will pay 100 percent of tuition, course fees, books and required supplies and equipment, transportation and other items or services deemed necessary for the completion of an approved occupational skills training program.

Allowance and Reemployment

Trade Readjustment Allowance
Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) is a weekly income support payment that is available to trade-impacted workers who are enrolled in a full-time, TAA-approved training program or who have received a Waiver of Training.

The amount of money participants receive through TRA is generally the same as the unemployment insurance benefits they previously received. In this way, TRA benefits act like an extended income support after participants have exhausted their unemployment benefits.

See information about eligibility during training program summer breaks.

Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance
Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA) provides a wage supplement benefit for trade-impacted workers who are over age 50. RTAA can provide up to 50 percent of the difference between a participant's former trade-impacted wage and the new wage.

On-the-Job Training

On-the-job training (OJT) is appropriate for participants when an employer is willing to hire and train them for a job different than the one from which they were separated (or laid off). Employers are reimbursed for up to 50 percent of a worker's new wage.

Among the OJT requirements:

  • The training must provide knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job.
  • The employer must meet specific labor standards and will enter into a contract with DEED.
  • Participants are considered employees of the hiring company and are not eligible for TRA benefits, although they may have received TRA prior to OJT.
  • Participants are not eligible for any other TAA-funded training. Likewise, if participants have received another form of training, they are not eligible for OJT.

Contact Us

TAA Program Information Line 
Telephone: 651-259-7543 
Toll Free: 1-888-234-1330 
Fax: 651-296-0288 
TTY: 651-296-3900 
EmailDEED.TAA@state.mn.us

Mailing Address 
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development 
ATTN: Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) 
First National Bank Building 
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200 
Saint Paul, MN 55101-1351

Anthony Alongi, Program Director 
Margie Jones, Program Assistant