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Employees of N. Stonington’s Chippenhook Corp., Eligible to Apply for Federal Trade Act Benefits
Approximately 28 from company’s Designers Group Intl. Division

For immediate release
May 8, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Approximately 28 workers of Chippenhook Corporation’s Designers Group International Division of North Stonington, who produced displays and cases for jewelry and watches were certified on April 30, 2008 as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). 

The Connecticut Labor Department is mailing an eligibility notice regarding the benefits to all affected employees and is providing information on how to apply for benefits.  Employees eligible to apply for federal benefits are those who are, or will be, totally or partially separated from employment on or after April 11, 2007 and on or before April 30, 2010.  Workers who qualify yet do not receive eligibility information are urged to contact their nearest Labor Department CTWorks Center for information and assistance. 

Available assistance may include training and income support in the form of Trade Readjustment Allowances, as well as job search and relocation allowances for qualified workers who seek or obtain employment outside their normal commuting areas.  In addition, health coverage tax credits may be available to individuals eligible to receive TAA income support.

Those who need to apply for unemployment benefits are reminded that claims can now be taken over the telephone or Internet.  Information can be found on the Department of Labor’s Web site at www.ct.gov/dol.

Contact: Nancy Steffens   (860) 263-6535


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