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Employers At Designer's Group International In N. Stonington Eligible For Trade Act Benefits

For immediate release
January 25,  2005

WETHERSFIELD, Approximately 20 employees of Designerís Group International, a division of Chippenhook Corp. in North Stonington, have been certified as eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) benefits, State Labor Commissioner Shaun B. Cashman said today. The benefits also apply to workers of Staffing Consultants and Randstad Staffing who were associated with the company.  

Cashman said the Labor Department is mailing an eligibility notice regarding the benefits to all affected employees and is providing information on how to apply for benefits.  He urged workers who do not receive eligibility information to contact their nearest Labor Department CTWorks Center for information and assistance. 

The affected workers, who were certified on Jan. 10, 2005, were involved in the production of point of sale displays.

 According to Cashman, affected employees who are, or will be, totally or partially separated from employment on or after Dec. 9, 2003 and on or before Jan. 10, 2007 are eligible to apply for federal benefits. 

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.  Participation in ATAA may be available as an alternative to some TAA benefits, allowing older workers who accept reemployment at a lower wage to receive a wage subsidy.  In addition, health coverage tax credits may be available to individuals eligible to receive TAA income support or ATAA wage subsidies. 

Those who need to apply for unemployment benefits are reminded that claims are now taken over the telephone as part of Connecticutís "Dial to File" TeleBenefits system. Information can be found on the Department of Laborís Web site at  

Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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