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Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA)
The Trade Act of 2002 includes
additional benefits for petitions filed on or after August 6, 2003 that
requested and were certified for ATAA. ATAA provides assistance to
eligible Trade affected workers aged 50 or older who obtain new employment
that pays less than their Trade affected employment.
To qualify, the worker:
- Must file a TRA claim and receive an eligibility determination from the Unemployment Insurance
- Must obtain full-time reemployment within 26 weeks of qualifying separation from Trade
affected employment. Worker must also file an application for ATAA
benefits within 2 years of the reemployment date.
- Must be at least 50 years of age at the time of reemployment
- Must be reemployed full-time as defined by the state
- Cannot return to work with the separating employer
- Cannot earn more than $50,000 in the new employment
Benefits of ATAA for qualified worker:
- ATAA pays 50% of the difference between the worker’s wages at time of qualifying
separation and the worker’s wages from new employment.
- ATAA benefits may be paid until the worker has received a total of $10,000 OR a
period of 2 years has passed since the first qualifying reemployment OR
until the worker’s reemployment income is expected to reach the
$50,000 annual limit, whichever comes first.
- ATAA participants may be eligible for the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).
- Workers who are interested in the ATAA program should take advantage of all available
reemployment services with a goal of returning to work within 26 weeks
of their qualifying separation from Trade affected work. Workers
pursuing ATAA may be entitled to a waiver of the training requirements
for TRA (prior to the 8/16 week deadline), which preserves eligibility
to TRA if a job is not obtained within 26 weeks qualifying separation.
- Workers may be eligible for the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) while on waiver status.
- If a worker pursuing ATAA is not able to obtain a job within 26 weeks of qualifying
separation, the worker should contact the One Stop TAA representative
to consider other TAA benefit options, including training.
Impact of Choice
Workers who choose to receive ATAA payments will forfeit eligibility for TAA job
search allowances, funded training, and TRA. Workers will maintain eligibility
for relocation allowances and/or HCTC.
Workers who receive TAA job search allowances, funded training, or TRA will forfeit
eligibility for ATAA.