The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) is a federally funded program that helps workers who have lost their jobs as a result of foreign trade. It also helps companies transition laid-off workers to new employment.
Benefits for Workers
Funded training w/ income support
Enhances perception of the company
No cost to the employer
Wage subsidy (age 50+)
Demonstrates community investment
Funds for job search assistance
Increases local labor pool
Relocation assistance funding
Supports local training providers
Listen to the experience this TAA customer had with the program:
In order for workers to qualify for TAA, a petition must be filed with the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). In Kansas, the petition can be filed by the TAA unit within the Department of Commerce. The USDOL then investigates whether a layoff is trade related to determine eligibility for certification. To qualify for certification, the job losses can be a result of increased imports, a shift in operations to foreign countries or a shift in the supply chain. They also identify the worker group affected and the span of qualifying lay-off dates.
Once certified, workers identified will be notified by the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) and encouraged to apply for an individual eligibility determination. Some examples of eligible workers who have taken advantage of TAA benefits are shown in the videos below.