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Trade Adjustment Assistance

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is a federal program that provides benefits and support to workers who have lost their job due to the impact of foreign trade, including increased imports, or a shift in production to outside the United States.

The TAA program provides eligible workers with opportunities to get the skills, credentials, resources, and support needed to become reemployed as quickly as possible.

How to Receive TAA Benefits

To receive TAA benefits and services, you must:

  1. File a petition for group eligibility with the US Department of Labor (DOL).
  2. Meet TAA group eligibility requirements, determined by the DOL.
  3. Apply for individual TAA benefits and services with the EDD.
  4. Meet individual eligibility requirements, determined by the EDD.

File a Petition

You must file a petition for group eligibility with the DOL. If the DOL determines that your group is eligible, they will issue a group eligibility certification. We will notify each worker of their group eligibility by mail. At that time, you may apply for TAA benefits and services in California.

Who Can File a Petition

  • Two or more workers from the same employer.
  • A certified union official or representative of the group of workers.
  • A representative from the employer of the group of workers.
  • America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM (AJCC) staff.

How to File a Petition

You can file a petition online on the DOL's TAA website. Refer to the website for other accepted ways to file the petition.

A copy of the petition must be emailed to the California TAA State Coordinator at WSBTAAPetitions@edd.ca.gov.

Submit a TAA Application

Once the DOL issues a group eligibility certification, we will notify each worker of their group eligibility by mail. You may then apply for TAA by completing the Application for Trade Adjustment Assistance (DE 8309). Mail the form to the office listed on the form.

Contact a TAA Specialist

If you are determined eligible for TAA individual benefits and services, you will receive a Notice of Initial Entitlement to TRA/TAA Benefits Under the Trade Act of 1974, as Amended (DE 8313C). To meet critical deadlines, contact the office listed on the notice as soon as possible to begin your assessment for individual benefits and services.

We also recommend that you apply for Unemployment Insurance upon being laid off.

TAA Benefits and Services

If found eligible for TAA benefits and services, you may receive one or more of the following:

  • Employment and case management services
  • Training benefits
  • Trade Readjustment Allowances
  • Job Search allowances
  • Relocation allowances
  • Alternative or Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance

Note: You must verify the petition number your company was certified under to determine the benefits you are eligible to receive.

Contact Information

Contact the EDD TAA State Coordinator for questions about your eligibility for particular benefits, how to receive services, and other programs you might be eligible for:

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Last Revised: 06/06/2022