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Notification and Application

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
TAA Unit
200 Folly Brook Blvd.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Fax (860) 263-6631

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 appointment.

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 certification:

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 employment goals.

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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