Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is intended to assist individuals, who became unemployed due to layoffs as a result of foreign imports or a shift of production out of the United States, to return to suitable employment.
Workers are eligible for TAA program services if a petition submitted on behalf of the workers is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, determining that the workers were separated from their employment due to foreign competition.
Specific Petition Numbers will follow specific TAA rules and regulations. Additional TAA Rules and Regulations can be found at www.doleta.gov/tradeact
Effective, January 1, 2014 a new petition series will offer TAA services and benefits under TAA Reversion 2014. The petition numbers will be identified as 85,000 and above and follow the 2002 Amendments with 2011 Sunset Provisions. The following benefits will apply to TAA Reversion 2014:
- Training: Training consists of one Occupational Skills training plan, but may include a group of courses (components) related to a specific Occupational Goal. Training may be in the form of classroom training, on-line (distance learning) training, or on-the-job training. All training must be approved in advance by WorkForce West Virginia’s State Trade Unit.
- Travel Allowance: May be eligible to receive a supplemental assistance (a daily mileage allowance) to assist with travel costs while attending training outside the normal commuting distance.
- SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE: May be eligible to receive a subsistence allowance (room and board expenses) while attending training outside the normal commuting distance.
- Supply Allowance: May be eligible to receive a reimbursement per quarter/semester/term/session of up to $150.00 for training related supplies.
- TRA Benefits: May be eligible to receive up to 130 weeks of Income Support payments. Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA) is administered by WorkForce West Virginia’s Unemployment Insurance Division.
- Health Care Tax Credit (HCTC): This health care program, administered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ended on December 31, 2013.
- Job Search Allowance: May be eligible for a reimbursement up to 90% for travel, meals, and lodging expenses. Maximum amount of reimbursement cannot exceed $1250 for prearranged interviews beyond the normal commuting distance, and must be approved, in advance, by the WorkForce West Virginia’s State TAA Unit.
- Relocation Allowance: You must have accepted a job outside your normal commuting distance and receive prior approval from the WorkForce West Virginia’s TAA Unit for your relocation. You will receive up to 90% of reasonable and necessary expenses, and you will receive a lump sum of three (3) times your former average weekly wage, not to exceed $1250 for the move.
- Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA): A wage subsidy program offered to workers 50 years or older. The wage subsidy may not exceed $10,000 or two years, whichever occurs first. You must be employed 26 weeks from date of separation from petitioned employer. You cannot attend TAA training if you participate in the ATAA program.
- For more information of the TAA Reversion 2014 Program, or other Trade Adjustment Assistance Programs, please contact the Workforce West Virginia State TAA Unit or call toll free at 1-877-967-5498.