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The Implementation and the Impact of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011January 27, 2012 1-2pm

Lindsay Webb, TAA Coordinator, National Employment Law Project

Ragini Kapadia, Senior Economic Analyst, Working for America Institute

Moderated by Lynn Minick, National Employment Law Project

with Presentations by the IRS Health Coverage Tax Credit Program and

the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

ragini kapadia senior economic analyst afl cio working for america institute

Findings and Resources on the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act

RaginiKapadia, Senior Economic Analyst,

AFL-CIO Working for America Institute

the working for america institute
The Working for America Institute
  • The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (WAI) is a union-sponsored, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating good jobs and building strong communities.
  • WAI has made significant progress in articulating a vision of a high road economy—an economy that competes in today’s global marketplace on the basis of innovation, quality and skill rather than on low wages and a lack of benefits.
us dol technical assistance grant
US DOL Technical Assistance Grant
  • 8 State Partners: CA, IN, MA, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA
  • National Partner: NELP
  • Technical Assistance to Unions, Employers, Union-Sponsored Workforce Development and Dislocated Workers Programs
  • Workers eligible for TAA do not take full advantage of TAA retraining and reemployment services
  • Lack of awareness and information on TAA that is accessible and relevant to trade affected workers
  • Uncooperative employers who hold up and delay the TAA petition process
  • Consistent guidelines and capacity for state outreach on TAA
  • Disconnect between local unions and resources on TAA
best practices
Best Practices
  • Enrolling trade affected workers at the earliest date possible: Case Studies in Pennsylvania
  • Coordination and integration of services involving large regions and multiple jurisdictions: the NUMMI Case Study in California
  • Utilization of social networks and multimedia to increase awareness on TAA
  • Partnerships between employers, unions, and state workforce agencies.
the trade adjustment assistance extension act of 2011

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011

Lindsay Webb, TAA Coordinator

National Employment Law Project

trade adjustment assistance
Trade Adjustment Assistance
  • NELP promotes TAA as the best existing dislocated worker program
    • Only TAA provides income support AND training for dislocated workers
    • TAA includes limited health care option—HCTC
  • With 2011 reauthorization, substantial TAA improvements from 2009 were retained:
    • Eligibility for service workers as well as manufacturing workers
    • Incumbent worker training for “at risk employment.”
    • Offshoring coverage for shifts to all countries
    • Retains higher level of spending ($575 M)
the law that governs taa
The Law that governs TAA
  • Most recent TAAEA was signed into law by President Obama on Oct. 21, 2011
  • But it is still referred to as The Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. § 2271 et seq.) as amended
  • This Act Creates 3 distinct program (2002, 2009, 2011)
    • Each program has a different sets of rules:
      • 20 CFR 617;
      • 20 CFR 618
      • TEGL 11-02 (2002)
      • TEGL 22-08 (2009)
      • TEGL 10-11 (2011)
worker election
Worker Election
  • Petitions filed between Feb. 14, 2011 and Oct. 21, 2011 (so-called gap period) are impacted.
    • Those petitions (80,000 – 80,999) still under investigation will be considered under 2011 rules.
    • Those petitions denied during this period will be reconsidered.
  • And, workers certified under one of these petitions who sought TAA services will have an election between the 2002 Act and the 2011 Act benefits.
    • The election period begins Dec. 20, 2011 and ends March 19, 2012.
certification pointers
Certification Pointers
  • There are two ways to be certified as a primary certification:
    • Shift in production or increase in import
      • Shifts in Production
        • Must show jobs transferred to any country.
        • Prove shift in production through employer admission or other evidence provided by petitioner
      • Increase in Imports
        • Must be like or directly competitive
        • “contributed importantly” to layoffs
          • important cause, but not necessarily more important than any other cause
certification pointers1
Certification Pointers
  • However, firms for can be certified as a secondary certification if:
    • They are a direct supplier of component parts to certified primary firm that accounted for 20% of production or sales OR loss of business with primary firm “contributed importantly” to layoffs, OR
    • If they are a Downstream producer providing additional, value added production directly for primary firm
taa eligibility
TAA Eligibility

Two step TAA eligibility process

  • Group Eligibility (by workplace)
    • Petition for eligibility with U.S. Labor Department (3 workers, union, employer, state or local workforce agency, governor)
  • Individual Eligibility (by worker)
    • Individual application and processing for certified workers, often after group orientation
impact date
Impact Date
  • Under 2002 and 2009 the impact date was generally a year from the date of certification.
  • BUT, under 2011, the impact date is extended for all certifications filed between October 21, 2011 and the January 19, 2012.
    • The new impact date for these certifications is February 13, 2010.
      • So, anyone laid off from that date to 26 weeks after certification will be covered
weeks of income support vary by act
Weeks of Income Support Vary by Act

Note: Trade Adjustment Assistance participants must exhaust regular federal and state unemployment insurance benefits before starting TRA. The weeks of regular federal and state unemployment insurance benefits count toward the maximum number of weeks available. For example, in recent years, unemployed workers may have qualified for up to 99 weeks of federal and state unemployment benefits. Under the 2011 Act, a worker who received 99 weeks of regular benefits would, at most, be eligible for 31 weeks of TRA for a total of 130 weeks.

[1] Regular State Benefits: Most states offer 26 weeks of regular state benefits.[2] Basic TRA: Income support available to all TAA-certified workers, even workers on a training waiver. However, the 2011 Amendments reduce reasons for a waiver.[3] Additional TRA: Income support available to workers in approved training.[4] Remedial TRA: Income support for workers in training who requires remedial training.[5] Completion TRA: Income support for workers in active training and meeting performance benchmarks.



26 weeks


26 weeks

Basic TRA

52 weeks

Additional TRA

= 104 weeks




26 weeks

Remedial TRA

= 130 weeks


TRA Overview

26 weeks



104 weeks


= 130 weeks BUT LAST


13 Weeks

Completion of Degree or Credential

completion tra
Completion TRA
  • To receive Completion TRA,
    • a worker must have exhausted Additional TRA, and
    • need completion TRA to finish a degree or industry-recognized credential and
    • met and continue to meet the performance benchmarks established in the approved training plan and
    • participate in training in each week he/she receives Completion TRA
  • Training benchmarks are agreed to and initiated at the start of the training plan and reviewed every 60 days.
  • Evaluation criteria:
    • Satisfactory academic standing
    • On schedule to complete training according to training plan
approval of taa training
Approval of TAA Training

Six Conditions for Approval of TAA Training

  • No suitable employment for the worker.
  • Worker would benefit from appropriate training.
  • Reasonable expectation of employment following training.
  • Training is reasonably available to the worker.
  • Worker is qualified to obtain and complete the training, including having adequate financial resources available to complete the training when income support is exhausted.
  • The training is suitable and available at a reasonable cost.
enrollment deadlines
Enrollment Deadlines
  • Must be enrolled in training OR have a training waiver by the LATEST of
    • the end of the week after the week that is 26 weeks after TAA certification OR
    • the end of the 26th week after the worker’s most recent total separation from affected employment
  • One 45 day extension for “extenuating circumstances”
  • 210 Day Rule—Applies to Additional Tar
  • Equitable Tolling—TEGL-08-11
training waivers
Training Waivers

Dropped after 2011 changes:

  • Worker will be recalled reasonably soon; or
  • The worker has marketable skills for suitable employment and a reasonable expectation of employment in the foreseeable future; or
  • The worker is within two years of eligibility for a pension or social security;

Remaining after 2011 changes:

  • The worker is unable to participate in or complete training due to the health of the worker; or
  • Immediate enrollment is not available; or
  • No training program is available.
job search relocation allowances
Job Search & Relocation Allowances
  • Up to $1250 to cover up to 90% of travel and subsistence costs (2011 change)
  • Must be pre-approved, no local employment available
  • Not more than 365 days after layoff or certification, or 182 days after completion of training

No longer considered an entitlement

Subject to state funding availability and preapproval

  • Pays up to 90% of moving costs and travel to accept employment outside normal commuting area
  • Must be pre-approved, no local employment available
  • Pays up to 90% of charges or maximum of $1250 (2011 change)
  • Must apply within 425 days of layoff or certification, or 182 days of completion of training
reemployment taa
Reemployment TAA
  • Must be 50 years or older and separated from TAA certified employment
  • Worker accepts new work by end of 26th week after layoff or certification, whichever is later
  • ATAA pays 50% of difference between the prior wage and the new wage up to a maximum of $10,000 over 2 years, whichever comes first.
  • Annual wage must be less than $50,000
  • Electing RTAA no longer cuts off other TAA options, including part time training
  • No separate certification required
minnesota s approach taaea 2011 implementation and impact
Minnesota’s Approach: TAAEA 2011 Implementation and Impact

January 27, 2012

Debra Schlekewy

what will we cover
What Will We Cover?
  • Minnesota’s approachto TAA
  • 2011 Implementation activities and concerns
  • Accomplishments and challenges
the minnesota model of taa
The Minnesota Model of TAA
  • Absolute, 100 percent co-enrollment with Dislocated Worker
  • Centralized staff (seven) handle the entire statewide caseload
  • Agency leads petition process


what does co enrollment mean
What Does Co-Enrollment Mean?
  • Every person eligible for TAA, is automatically eligible for Dislocated Worker.
  • Each job seeking customer gets a Dislocated Worker counselor (in field) and a TAA specialist (in St. Paul).
  • The counselor and specialist work together to ensure easy service.
  • More resources available for each customer.


2011 taaea enactment
2011 TAAEA Enactment
  • Signed into Law on October 21, 2011
  • New program benefits and services began immediately
  • The TAA program administers three distinct sets of rules for the 2002, 2009, and 2011 provisions
2011 implementation activities
2011 Implementation activities
  • 2011 Choice process
  • Waiver changes
  • TRA changes
  • State’s discretion for job search and relocation allowance
  • Training Benchmarks
2011 choice election process

2011 TAAEA Choice Process

2011 Choice/Election Process
  • Available to TAA participants covered under an 80,000 series petition and served under the 2002 program.
  • Participants can make a one-time choice between 2002 or 2011 program.
training waiver requirement changes
Training Waiver Requirement Changes
  • 2002 and 2009 TAA Programs
    • Six options:
      • Health Condition
      • Enrollment in Training is not Available
      • No Training is Available
      • Recall
      • Marketable Skills
      • Retirement
  • 2011 TAAEA Program
    • Three options:
      • Health Condition
      • Enrollment in Training is not Available
      • No Training is Available
2011 tra changes
2011 TRA changes
  • Elimination of Remedial and Prerequisite TRA.
    • Remedial and prerequisite training should continue to be part of an approved training plan where appropriate.
  • Addition of Completion TRA
    • Provides participants with up to 13 additional weeks of TRA within a 20 week period in order to complete their training plan.
      • Concern:
        • Fall and Spring semesters run 17-18 weeks.
        • Participants who exhausting Completion TRA before finishing their training program may be in jeopardy of an overpayment.
maximum tra eligible weeks
Maximum TRA Eligible Weeks

2002: 130 potential weeks

  • Up to 26 weeks of Unemployment Insurance
  • 26 weeks of Basic TRA
  • 52 weeks of Additional TRA
  • 26 weeks of Remedial TRA

2009: 156 potential weeks

  • Up to 26 weeks of Unemployment Insurance
  • 26 weeks of Basic TRA
  • 78 weeks of Additional TRA
  • 26 weeks of Remedial/Prerequisite TRA

2011: 130 potential weeks

  • Up to 26 weeks of Unemployment Insurance
  • 26 weeks of Basic TRA
  • 65 weeks of Additional TRA
  • 13 weeks of Completion TRA
job search relocation allowances1
Job Search & Relocation Allowances
  • 2011 reverts back to 2002 levels, although states will not receive additional funds to administer these benefits.
  • 2011 TAAEA allows states’ discretion to offer workers Job Search and Relocation Allowance benefits.
  • Minnesota will continue to provide these benefits.
  • Nine out of ten states in our region have elected to offer these benefits.
training benchmarks
Training Benchmarks
  • Two criteria:
      • Satisfactory academic standing
      • On track to complete training within the agreed upon timeframe
  • Reviews conducted at 60 day intervals after training begins.
  • Documented in individual plans and signed by participant.
  • Encourages intervention and modification of unsuccessful training plans, and modifications to complete credentials.
  • Minnesota is designing a state-wide individual TAA plan through our case management database.
accomplishments outcomes
Accomplishments - Outcomes
  • TAA regularly meets or exceeds standards
  • High performance persists through recent economic hardships
accomplishments improvements
Accomplishments - Improvements
  • 2010 - revised entire application process
  • 2011 - revised purchase order process
  • 2011 - established participant portal /applytaa
  • 2011 and 2012 - clarify case management model
www positivelyminnesota com applytaa
  • One-stop shop for the new TAA customer
  • Public site, with only a “side door”
  • Will always have the most recent information on TAA relevant to Minnesota
  • We are developing a “Counselor Portal”
Accomplishments –

The Minnesota TAA team was nominated for a 2011 Governor’s Continuous Improvement award.

challenges for 2012
Challenges for 2012
  • Train counselors intensively on the clarified case management model and waiver confusion;
  • Continued implementation the latest TAA law;
  • Integrate and develop new staff;
  • Maintain pace of continuous improvement with initiatives to enhance customer notification, process payments more quickly, and integrate with TRA processes.



The Health Coverage Tax CreditTrade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011

Last Update: December 2011


For more information:

The National Employment Law Project

Lindsay Webb, TAA Coordinator,

Lynn Minick, Dislocated Worker Specialist,

The Working for America Institute

Ragini Kapadia, Sr. Economic Analyst,

MN’s Department of Employment and Economic Development

Debra Schlekewy, Program Coordinator,

IRS Health Coverage Tax Credit Stakeholder Engagement

For questions or materials, email: