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Governor Kelly Celebrates Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses Governor Laura Kelly joined the Kansas Department of Commerce for the 38th Annual Minority and Women Business Awards Luncheon at Townsite Tower in Topeka. The luncheon, hosted by Commerce’s Office of Minority and Women Business Development, recognizes minority- and women-owned businesses from across the state and is part of Kansas Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week. Governor Kelly Announces Recipients of More than $500K in Registered Apprenticeship Grants Governor Laura Kelly today announced a total of $528,478 has been awarded by the Kansas Department of Commerce to eight entities across the state for projects that will attract and retain employees and build the state workforce through registered apprenticeships. Virtual Job Fair to Highlight Hundreds of State Agency Opportunities Jobseekers are encouraged to attend the upcoming State of Kansas Agencies Virtual Job Fair from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. This month’s virtual fair, hosted by KANSASWORKS, will feature many exciting employment opportunities available across the state’s 98 government agencies. Currently, there are more than 700 vacancies across the state. Governor Kelly Travels to Japan, South Korea to Create More Jobs for Kansans This week, Governor Laura Kelly traveled to Japan and South Korea to participate in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA/JMWA) Conference. While there, she met with business leaders to continue building on Kansas’ historic economic development success and create new job opportunities for Kansas workers. View All


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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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