What Is TAA?


Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA or “Trade Act”) was created in the 1960’s to provide support to workers laid off due to U.S. trade agreements.

It is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides reemployment support and retraining benefits for workers affected by foreign competition.

TAA doesn’t make up for the loss of a good job overseas but, for the impacted worker, it does provide far better benefits than any other program that is available.

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms is administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It provides matching technical assistance funding for businesses adversely affected by foreign competition.

Next Steps

* For workers potentially eligible for TAA benefits by an active certification, refer to more information about enrolling in the program.
* For workers or employers that may be affected by foreign competition, refer to information about filing a petition.
* For businesses interested in layoff aversion funds refer to information about TAA for Firms.

Addressing Common Concerns

* The TAA program is federally funded. There is no direct cost to the employer or employee.
* Information provided by the company to the USDOL during the investigation remains confidential.
* Workers are not required to pay back any of their TAA benefits if they return to work prior to completing training. (The rare exception is that tools purchased by TAA may need to be returned.)