TAA is used to indicate the overall Trade Adjustment Assistance Program which includes both TAA and NAFTA services and benefits. TAA services and benefits apply to workers who have lost their jobs because of imports from any country. NAFTA services and benefits apply to workers who have lost their jobs because of imports from, or shift in production to, Mexico or Canada. Note: Since NAFTA is a part of the TAA program, TAA is sometimes used below to indicate both TAA and NAFTA services and benefits.
Before a worker can qualify for TAA, a petition for TAA and/or NAFTA must be filed to cover the workers of a particular company. Once the company receives certification from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance (OTAA), workers can apply for services and benefits.
A company official can file a petition for TAA and NAFTA; however, three of the affected workers or a union official may file one as well. In addition, a community-based organization can file a petition for NAFTA.
It usually takes 60 days for a determination to be made. The OTAA investigates and makes the determination on TAA petitions. The state TAA Unit does an initial investigation and makes a recommendation to OTAA who then makes the final determination on NAFTA petitions.
If a worker is laid off from a trade-affected company due to lack of work on or after the impact date of the certification and on or before the expiration date of the certification, the worker is eligible to apply for TAA services and benefits. Reasons for separation that mean the same as laid off include reduction in force, involuntary separation, and WARN notice. Reasons for separation that do not qualify for TAA eligibility include quit, fired, and voluntary separation.
Basic reemployment services, job search allowance, relocation allowance, training allowance, and Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) for workers who enroll in approved training are the services and benefits. A completed application for training, job search, or relocation must be returned to the Job Center prior to the beginning date of training, prior to leaving to go on a job search, or prior to beginning the move.
The worker must meet the eligibility requirements for each service and benefit. An individual eligibility determination will be made according to federal criteria. It is possible that a worker may qualify for some benefits and services but not others. For example, a worker may be eligible for TAA-funded training but may not be eligible for TRA benefits.
A company can have dual certification, provided trade involves Mexico or Canada and petitions for both TAA and NAFTA were certified. If the worker's date of separation makes the worker eligible under both certifications, then one type of certification must be chosen. The worker cannot receive services under both certifications.
The worker is eligible only if he/she applied through a Job Center for TAA approval of the training. When TAA approval is granted, the worker will receive an Official Notice of TAA Training Approval.
The worker is eligible only if he/she applied through a Job Center for TAA approval of the WIA or other funded training. When TAA approval is granted, the worker will receive an Official Notice of TAA Training Approval. The approved training can be funded entirely by TAA, by another source such as WIA, or by a combination of TAA and WIA or other. However, duplication of funding is prohibited.
No. A job search allowance pays 90% of allowable expenses to travel outside the commuting area to look for permanent, full time work. Allowable expense for food and lodging is calculated as 50% of the federal per diem for the location. The standard federal per diem is $85, more for certain high-cost areas. Therefore, a worker who must stay overnight in a non-high cost area would be reimbursed no more than $38.25 for food and lodging. Reimbursement for travel expenses would be based on the least costly means of public transportation, which may not be the means of transportation actually used. Interviews for certain types of jobs do not qualify. For more information, contact the nearest Louisiana Workforce Commission Job Center.
No. A relocation allowance pays 90% of allowable expenses plus a lump sum payment of up to $800 for incidental expenses to move for permanent, full time work. That means that 90% of most of the expenses for a moving van or rental truck will be covered. Any allowable food and lodging and travel costs would be the same as for job search (refer to the answer above). Three estimates for moving costs are required. Moving for certain types of jobs do not qualify. For more information, contact your nearest Job Center.
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