Trade Adjustment Assistance – Petition Information for Employers
In most cases, a petition must be submitted to USDOL within one year of the layoff for those workers to be covered by the petition. A petition may be filed before a layoff, based on a threatened layoff. A certification will not apply to any worker whose most recent total or partial separation from certified employment occurred more than a year before the certified petition’s filing date.
Upon receiving a petition, USDOL will begin an inquiry to determine whether the circumstances of the layoff meet the eligibility criteria established by the Trade Adjustment Assistance act.
The worker group must be negatively impacted by foreign trade in order to be eligible for TAA. Reasons may include:
|Production or services relocated outside of the country||Shift in the workers' firm to a foreign country in the production of items or the supply of services that are competitive with items produced by the United States firm.|
|Increased foreign imports negatively impacting business||Imports of items produced outside of the US that are competitive with items produced by the US firm. |
International Trade Commission (ITC) rulings on impacted industries.
|Downstream supplier or producer||The firm is a supplier or producer to a firm who has received a positive TAA certification.|
USDOL may contact customers, suppliers, and others, in order to determine whether criteria have been met for certification. After the petition has been investigated by USDOL, the workers group will be certified or denied eligibility
to apply for TAA. Workers who become part of a certified group can then apply individually for benefits and services through their local PA CareerLink®
TAA petitions must be completed with the following petitioners:
- Group of three or more workers
- Company official
- Union or other duly authorized representative
- Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) representative
Pennsylvania’s L&I Federal Programs Unit assists and manages all trade petitions; however, USDOL determines the Trade eligibility.
Trade Act petitions must be filed simultaneously with the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry at the following addresses:
U.S. Department of Labor
Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance
200 Constitution Avenue
N.W. Room N-5428
Washington, D.C. 20210
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Bureau of Unemployment Compensation Benefits & Allowances
Federal Program Unit
651 Boas Street, 6th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120