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Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Programs: Statutes

The Trade Act of 1974, P.L. 93-618, has been amended many times since its enactment in January 1975. The most recent amendments, those beginning in 2002, have resulted in major changes to the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program (TAA Program). The TAA benefits available to eligible workers, who may apply through their local American Job Center, will vary depending on whether the workers are covered by the provisions of the Trade Act enacted in 2002 (TAARA or the 2002 Program); 2009 (TGAAA or the 2009 Program); 2011 (TAAEA or the 2011 Program); or 2015 (TAARA 2015 or the 2015 Program).

 

Law Amending the Trade Act of 1974

The TAA Program, as Amended by this law

Effective Dates of Amendments

Explanation

2002

Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002 (TAA Reform Act)

(Format: MS WordPDF - Trade Act of 2002, division A, title I of Public Law 107-210 contains the TAA Reform Act and was compiled by the Government Printing Office as of January 1, 2009)

The Trade Act of 1974, title II, chapter 2, as amended in 2002 by the TAA Reform Act (2002 TAA Program)

(Format: PDF - Official version of these Trade Act provisions)

Applies to petitions filed:

1. Between November 4, 2002 and May 18, 2009; and

2. On or after February 15, 2011 through October 20, 2011*

*Some workers covered under these petitions may receive 2011 TAA Program benefits

The President signed into law the Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002 (TAA Reform Act) on August 6, 2002. It reauthorized the TAA Program through fiscal year 2007.

2009

Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (the TGAAA)

Format: PDF - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), division B, title I, subtitle I of Public Law 111-5)

The Trade Act of 1974, title II, chapter 2, as amended in 2009 by the TGAAA (2009 TAA Program)

(Format: PDF - unofficial version of these Trade Act provisions compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor)

Applies to petitions filed:

1. Between May 18, 2009 and February 14, 2011

The President signed into law the ARRA, which contained the TGAAA, on February 17, 2009. The Omnibus Trade Act of 2011 (Public Law 111-344) extended the 2009 Amendments for six weeks.

2011

Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAAEA)

(Format: PDF - Title II of Public Law 112-40)

Trade Act of 1974, title II, chapter 2, as amended in 2011 by the TAAEA

(Format: PDF - Official version of these Trade Act provisions)

Applies to petitions filed:

1. On or after October 21, 2011*

*some workers covered under petitions filed on or after February 15, 2011 through October 20, 2011 may be eligible for 2011 TAA Program benefits

The President signed into law the TAAEA on October 21, 2011.

2015

Trade Adjustment Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TAARA 2015)

(Format: PDF -
Public Law 114-27)

Trade Act of 1974, title II, chapter 2, as amended in 2015 by the TAARA 2015 (2015 Program)

(Format: PDF - Unofficial version of these Trade Act provisions)

Applies to petitions filed:

1. On or after June 29, 2015*

*OTAA will automatically
reconsider negative
determinations (denials) of
petitions filed on or after
January 1, 2014, and before
June 29, 2015; and, will
investigate petitions filed
during that period for
which a determination
has not yet
been issued, and make a
determination under
the 2015
Program criteria.

The President signed into law the TAARA 2015 on June 29, 2015.

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