Labor and Economic Opportunity
The TAA program is a federal program that assists U.S. workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. This program seeks to provide adversely affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources, and support necessary to become reemployed.
The first step to receiving TAA benefits and services is to file a petition on-line or by mail with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The petition may be filed by:
Upon receiving a petition, USDOL initiates an investigation to determine whether the circumstances of the layoff meet the group eligibility criteria established by the program.
A petition identifies a worker group at a specific firm or subdivision and covers all individuals in that group. 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 USDOL grants the petition. A group of workers may be eligible for TAA if their jobs are lost or threatened due to trade-related circumstances as determined by the USDOL investigation.
After the investigation, the USDOL determines group eligibility to apply for TAA benefits and services.
Workers in a certified group will be notified by their local Michigan Works! Agency, at which time they may apply for individual eligibility for benefits and services.
If a worker is a member of a worker group certified by the USDOL, that worker may receive the following benefits and services at a local Michigan Works! Agency:
Workers must apply and be approved for TAA benefits through local Michigan Works! Agencies. TAA is not a reimbursement program. It is important to contact your local Michigan Works! Agency to meet applicable deadlines, ensure proper understanding of the rules and receive guidance on benefits and services. To locate a Michigan Works! Service Center, please visit http://www.michiganworks.org/.
The Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan is the grant recipient of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and Michigan Works! Agencies administer the program.
*Best Practices are not required to be used for the TAA Program and must be approved by MWA Administration before using.
Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity - Workforce Development
201 North Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: 517-335-5858 Fax: 517-241-9846