Decisions on TAA Petitions
Timeframe and Process
Generally, 40 days after receiving a TAA petition, the
Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance (OTAA) will make a final determination on whether or not the eligibility
requirements have been met.
If the eligibility requirements have been met, the OTAA
will issue the worker group a Certification Regarding Eligibility to Apply for
Worker Adjustment Assistance. “Worker Adjustment Assistance” includes
individual benefits available to eligible workers under the TAA program.
Who is covered by the
Generally, the certification
covers all members of the worker group as described in the certification, who
are laid off during the three-year period beginning one year before the petition
was filed and ending two years after the date of the certification. Each
certification specifies the beginning and ending dates.
If the eligibility
requirements are not met, the OTAA will issue the worker group a "Negative
Determination Regarding Eligibility to Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance."
A negative determination denies workers certification of eligibility to apply
for TAA services and benefits.
Workers who are denied
certification for TAA may: (1) request administrative reconsideration of their
petition; (2) appeal the denial; and/or (3) apply for reemployment services from
other programs such as those available through the Workforce Investment Act’s
Dislocated Worker Program,
also available through local One-Stop Career Centers.
Certification or Denial
The OTAA will notify
petitioners and a company official of its determination. If the petition is
certified, the CTDOL will notify the individual workers in the group. Workers
who are certified by OTAA and who have lost their jobs, have had their work
hours reduced, or have been notified of potential layoffs, may then apply for
individual benefits under TAA that will help them obtain suitable employment.
Certified workers apply for individual services and benefits through their local
How to Apply