Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers is a federally funded program, with no costs to employers, that helps workers who are adversely affected by foreign imports or job shifts to a foreign country. Assistance is provided to eligible workers in the form of reemployment services, training, job search, relocation, and support benefits.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) oversees the TAA program. At the state level, TWC administers and oversees TAA, and shares in the delivery of TAA services with the 28 Workforce Development Boards, including Workforce Solutions East Texas Area.

How do I Know if I am Eligible?

To qualify, applicants must be laid off from a job covered under a trade petition certified by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

To receive TAA benefits and services, applicants must file a petition online or by mail with DOL. Petitions may be filed by:

  • Three or more workers in the same firm or subdivision;
  • The workers’ employer;
  • A union official or other duly authorized representative of such workers; or
  • Texas Workforce Solutions

Generally, if a worker is laid off, a petition must be submitted within one year of the layoff for that worker to be covered by the petition and the certification if DOL grants the petition.

How Can I Learn More?

Additional information on benefits and services are available at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).