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Trade Adjustment Assistance for Employers

What to do when foreign trade affects your company


Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is available to assist workers experiencing job loss due to US Foreign Trade. Loss of employment could be a result of increased imports, a shift in operations to foreign countries or a shift in the supply chain. 

The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) identifies eligible worker groups within a certified petition. A petition may be filed by: 

  • three or more workers in the same firm or subdivision; 
  • the worker’s employer; 
  • A union official or other duly authorized representative of such workers; or 
  • Workforce Center operators or partners (including state workforce agencies and dislocated worker units).

A petition must be filed within one year from the date on which the workers were separated or had their hours and wages reduced. Upon receiving a petition, USDOL initiates an investigation on whether the circumstances of the layoff meet eligibility criteria. USDOL determines eligibility for TAA benefits and services within a certified petition by identifying the parameters of the worker group as well as the span of qualifying lay-off dates. 

Workers in a certified group will be notified by KDOL (Kansas Department of Labor) at which time the worker is encouraged to apply for an individual eligibility determination.

Employer Benefits

  • No cost to employer
  • Demonstrates your investment in the community and workers
  • Enhances community and employee perception of company
  • Supports local training providers
  • Increases the local labor pool
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