INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION AFTER TAA PETITION
After a worker group has been certified as eligible to apply for
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), the Connecticut Department of
Labor (CTDOL), contacts the employer to identify workers who
must be notified about applying for TAA benefits. The employer
is advised to continue providing information about worker
separations throughout the certification period.
To be covered by a Trade Act certification, a worker of the
facility or division specified by the certification must totally
or partially separate due to lack of work during the
certification period. For petition numbers greater than 70,000,
incumbent workers individually threatened with total or partial
layoff through the end of the certification period may also
apply for TAA to access training benefits.
The TAA Unit sends a TAA application and a Benefit Rights
Information (BRI) notice to each adversely affected worker
identified by the employer. For petition numbers greater than
70,000, incumbent workers potentially eligible for early
training access are so notified.
The worker completes and returns the application (TAA-855, see
forms page) for processing at the following address:
CT Department of Labor
The worker is then notified by mail about
eligibility. If eligible for benefits, the worker is typically
scheduled for a Benefit Rights Information (BRI) session in the
American Job Center office nearest to the trade-impacted
employer. An individual assessment of employment and training
needs will follow the session at a subsequent, scheduled
200 Folly Brook Blvd.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Fax (860) 263-6631
Individual Assessment and Case Management Services
The goal of the TAA program is to provide the assistance needed
to quickly return to suitable employment, “suitable” meaning
work of equal or higher skill level compared to the worker's
past trade-impacted employment, paying wages at least 80 percent
of the worker's average weekly wage.
A career development specialist (CDS) will assess the worker's
employment and training needs and help develop an individual
employment plan. After examining an individual's work history,
educational background and recent job-seeking efforts along with
current and projected labor market data, training may be
considered if the assessment reveals that the individual lacks
marketable skills necessary to return to suitable employment.
Any training proposed must be evaluated in terms of its
appropriateness for the worker as well as its cost, duration and
anticipated effectiveness. Information will be provided by the
CDS to help the worker make an informed choice among approvable
training options. The reemployment plan may also include
short-term prevocational services such as those intended to
enhance communications and interviewing skills. If a worker is
initially found to possess marketable skills but demonstrates a
need for training over time, the employment plan may be amended
to include training. The worker should maintain a list of all
job-seeking efforts to assist the CDS monitor the effectiveness
of the employment plan.
The Trade and Globalization Adjustment
Assistance Act of 2009 amended Section 235 of the Trade Act to
specify that the following employment and case management
services shall be made available to adversely affected workers
and adversely affected incumbent workers covered by a Trade Act
1. Comprehensive and specialized assessment of skill levels and
service needs, including through a) diagnostic testing and use
of other assessment tools; and b) in-depth interviewing and
evaluation to identify employment barriers and appropriate
2. Development of an individual employment plan to identify
employment goals and objectives, and appropriate training to
achieve those goals and objectives.
3. Information on training available in local and regional
areas, information on individual counseling to determine which
training is suitable training, and information on how to apply
for such training.
4. Information on how to apply for financial aid, including
referral to educational opportunity centers described in section
402F of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. § 1070a-16),
where applicable, and notification that workers may request
financial aid administrators at institutions of higher education
to use the administrators’ discretion under section 479A of such
Act (20 U.S.C. § 1087tt) to use current year income data, rather
than preceding year income data, for determining the amount of
need of the workers for Federal financial assistance.
5. Short-term prevocational services, including development of
learning skills, communications skills, interviewing skills,
punctuality, personal maintenance skills, and professional
conduct to prepare individuals for employment or training.
6. Individual career counseling, including job search and
placement counseling, during the period in which the individual
is receiving a trade adjustment allowance or training, and after
receiving such training for purposes of job placement.
7. Provision of employment statistics information, including the
provision of accurate information relating to local, regional,
and national labor market areas, including:
A. job vacancy listings in such labor
market areas and information on the skills necessary to obtain
jobs identified in job vacancy listings;
B. information relating to local
occupations that are in demand and the earnings potential and
skills requirements for such occupations.
8. Information relating to the availability of supportive
services, including services relating to child care,
transportation, dependent care, housing assistance, and
need-related payments that are necessary to enable an individual
to participate in training.
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