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Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAAEA)   December 2011 ETA Region 1 State Webinar Series
2011 Trade Program Highlights
Key Features of the 2011 Program <ul><li>Service and Manufacturing Sector Workers may be Covered </li></ul><ul><li>Retroac...
Enactment and Guidance <ul><li>Signed into Law on October 21, 2011, new program benefits and services begin immediately </...
Statutory Dates <ul><li>February 12, 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sunset of the 2009 Amendments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Febru...
Snapback Provisions and Petition Processing
Application of 2011 Amendments: Petitions   <ul><li>Workers under Petitions filed  before  February 13, 2011 receive 2009 ...
TAA Program Benefits by TA-W Number TA-W 80,000 – TA-W 80,999 TEGL: TEGL 10-11 TA-W 81,000 and above TEGL: TEGL 10-11
Retroactive Procedures <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>Petitions, numbered between 80,000-80,999 and still under...
Petitions under Investigation <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>If a determination is still pending, then…  </li><...
Reconsideration of Determinations <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>Petitions filed between February 13, 2011 and ...
Denied Group Eligibility to Apply for ATAA <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>No separate group eligibility certifi...
Benefits Available After Certification <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>Program benefits are date specific </li><...
Incumbent Workers <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>As of December 20, 2011  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incumbent Worke...
Receiving Benefits under the 2002 Program <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>During the 60 days after enactment, wo...
One-Time Choice Election
Scenario <ul><li>Bill Brown was separated from his trade affected employment on March 4, 2011, and Certified under petitio...
Scenario <ul><li>Yes.  Mr. Brown would NOT be eligible to make a choice, since he was not receiving benefits and services ...
What Does “Receiving Benefits” Mean?  <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>A worker must receive ONE of the following...
2002 Program to the 2011 Program <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>Must make election on or after December 20, 201...
One-Time Choice Election (80,000 and Above)
One-Time Choice Provision   <ul><li>Election period will begin on the 60th day after enactment, December 20, 2011 </li></u...
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Hypothetical Case: TA-W-80,700   October 21, 2011 Date of Law Signature Sept. 20, 2011 Petition Filed October 5, 2011 Cert...
One-Time Choice Election - Scenario <ul><li>Jason Smith is Certified under Reconsideration of Petition number TA-W 80,249 ...
One-Time Choice Election - Scenario <ul><li>Yes – all workers covered under certified petitions 80,000 – 80,999 who begin ...
One-Time Choice Election – Scenario  <ul><li>Sally Smith is certified under petition TA-W-81,230 on November 23, 2011, and...
One-Time Choice Election – Scenario  <ul><li>No – all workers certified under petitions 81,000 and above are served ONLY u...
Workers Who Do Not Make a Choice <ul><li>(80,000-80,999 and Receiving Benefits on  </li></ul><ul><li>December 20, 2011) </...
Petitions Filed after October 21, 2011 <ul><li>Will be issued petition numbers TA-W 81,000 and above </li></ul><ul><li>Sub...
Worker Group Eligibility Length of TRA Benefits Waivers
Worker Group Eligibility <ul><li>Worker group coverage under the 2011 Program is restored to the coverage provided under t...
Extended Impact Date <ul><li>Impact Date = Generally is the date that is one year before the date of the petition </li></u...
TRA and Training Waivers <ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>52 weeks of Basic TRA (reduced by UC)   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Criteria for Waiving Training Requirement <ul><li>2011 TAA Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Three Criteria </li></ul></ul><ul...
 
Elimination of Remedial TRA Establishment of Completion TRA
Elimination of Remedial TRA <ul><li>The eligibility period for the receipt of Basic TRA is not extended for weeks of parti...
Introduction of Completion TRA <ul><li>New category of TRA aligns with the Department’s larger aim to increase the complet...
2011 Program Benefits: TRA Timeline 40
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Training Benchmarks
Training Benchmarks <ul><li>Reviews conducted at 60 day intervals from the start of the training plan </li></ul><ul><li>Do...
Training Benchmarks <ul><li>Required for Completion TRA eligibility </li></ul><ul><li>Must be established at the beginning...
Completion TRA Participant Served under 81,000 petition (meets benchmarks) IEP Developed with benchmark requirements  docu...
ATAA/RTAA
Older Workers <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>RTAA is available to older workers under the 2011 Program </li></u...
Reemployment TAA (RTAA) <ul><li>Matches RTAA under 2009 amendments in flexibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can combine traini...
WITH a petition certification  for TAA... Eligible to apply for RTAA under 2009 program WITH a petition certification  for...
HCTC Health Coverage Tax Credit
Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) <ul><li>HCTC will cover 72.5% of qualifying health insurance premium costs </li></ul><ul...
Funding Consolidation Recapture
Funding for FY 2012
Job Search and Relocation <ul><li>2011 Program Job Search & Relocation consolidated under the $575M cap for FY 2012 and be...
Recapture and Financial Reporting <ul><li>DOL may recapture funds from States with remaining un-obligated funding after tw...
Federal Good Cause Equitable Tolling
<ul><li>Effective with the 2011 Program </li></ul><ul><li>A waiver for good cause of the time limitations “with respect to...
<ul><li>Tyler Gordon is a trade affected worker who has completed 117 weeks of training, and has been unable to secure sui...
<ul><li>No. Federal Good Cause can only be applied to deadlines relating to enrollment in training or applying for TRA </l...
<ul><li>Because Brad Jolie never received information from the state of the requirement to enroll in training, he missed t...
  Federal Good Cause – Scenario <ul><li>Yes. Brad provided proof and a reasonable person would believe this could happen u...
Federal Good Cause and Equitable Tolling  are Separate and Distinct Provisions Federal Good Cause Equitable Tolling Statut...
TAPR Sunset Provisions
Performance Reporting FY 2013 <ul><li>Changes that require new or modified data collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of...
Sunset Provisions <ul><li>2011 Amendments sunset on December 31, 2013 </li></ul><ul><li>The TAA Program will revert back t...
References <ul><li>TAA Homepage  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// doleta.gov/tradeact / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Side-by-Side P...
Questions?
ETA Region 1 Trade Contacts <ul><li>Tim Theberge – Regional Trade Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>...
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  1. 1. Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAAEA) December 2011 ETA Region 1 State Webinar Series
  2. 2. 2011 Trade Program Highlights
  3. 3. Key Features of the 2011 Program <ul><li>Service and Manufacturing Sector Workers may be Covered </li></ul><ul><li>Retroactive Provisions </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of Completion TRA and Benchmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Elimination of Remedial TRA </li></ul><ul><li>Consolidation of Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Elimination of Three Training Waivers </li></ul><ul><li>Job Search and Relocation Allowances are discretionary </li></ul><ul><li>HCTC Tax Credit coverage is 72.5% </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Good Cause </li></ul><ul><li>Reemployment TAA (RTAA) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Enactment and Guidance <ul><li>Signed into Law on October 21, 2011, new program benefits and services begin immediately </li></ul><ul><li>The TAA program will administer three distinct sets of rules for the 2002, 2009, and 2011 provisions </li></ul><ul><li>Prior guidance continues to apply where appropriate and includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 CFR 617 to the extent the new law did not supersede the regulatory requirements; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TEGL 11-02 (2002 provisions) and changes; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TEGL 22-08 (2009 provisions) and changes; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20 CFR 618 (Merit Staffing, Funding Formula); </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TEGL 02-03 (ATAA) and changes; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other guidance as listed in the Operating Instructions TEGL No. 10-11 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Statutory Dates <ul><li>February 12, 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sunset of the 2009 Amendments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>February 13, 2011- (actual date February 15, 2011) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first day of reversion to prior law or reversion to the 2002 Amendments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>October 21, 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Date of Enactment of the TAAEA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>December 20, 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 60 after the Date of enactment of the TAAEA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>January 19, 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 90 after the date of enactment of the TAAEA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>March 19, 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 150 after the date of enactment of the TAAEA </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Snapback Provisions and Petition Processing
  7. 7. Application of 2011 Amendments: Petitions <ul><li>Workers under Petitions filed before February 13, 2011 receive 2009 benefits and services (70,000 – 79,999 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Petitions filed between February 13, 2011 and October 21, 2011 have multiple scenarios (80,000 – 80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>Petitions filed on or after October 21, 2011 receive 2011 benefits and services (81,000 +) </li></ul><ul><li>2011 benefits and services will be available to eligible participants 60 days after enactment, December 20, 2011 </li></ul>
  8. 8. TAA Program Benefits by TA-W Number TA-W 80,000 – TA-W 80,999 TEGL: TEGL 10-11 TA-W 81,000 and above TEGL: TEGL 10-11
  9. 9. Retroactive Procedures <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>Petitions, numbered between 80,000-80,999 and still under investigation, will be determined based on the 2011 Program </li></ul><ul><li>80,000-80,999 petitions denied before the date of enactment will be automatically re-investigated under the 2011 Program: http://doleta.gov/tradeact/pdf/80000Denials.pdf </li></ul>
  10. 10. Petitions under Investigation <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>If a determination is still pending, then… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A determination will be issued based on the group eligibility provisions of the TAAEA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No action required by petitioners or the State; OTAA will automatically issue determinations based on the TAAEA </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Reconsideration of Determinations <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>Petitions filed between February 13, 2011 and October 21, 2011 that resulted in a negative determination, then… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OTAA will reopen the investigation and determine group eligibility under the TAAEA; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Including petitions that were denied after reconsideration on or before October 21, 2011 and petitions that were under reconsideration on October 21, 2011 </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Denied Group Eligibility to Apply for ATAA <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>No separate group eligibility certification is required for a worker to apply for RTAA… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore, where a worker group was certified for TAA, but denied group eligibility to apply for ATAA, these workers will be eligible to apply for RTAA under the 2011 Program </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Benefits Available After Certification <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>Program benefits are date specific </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Between Enactment date and day 60 (December 20, 2011) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workers may apply ONLY for benefits under the 2002 Program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On and after December 20, 2011: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workers may apply for the benefits under the 2011 Program </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Incumbent Workers <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>As of December 20, 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incumbent Workers become eligible to apply for benefits as they were under the 2009 Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits are explained in TEGL 22-08, section D.2.5. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OTAA will not amend certifications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>States must contact the employers of incumbent workers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>States must notify incumbent workers of their eligibility for benefits under the 2011 Program and provide information re: the availability of training under the 2011 Program </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Receiving Benefits under the 2002 Program <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>During the 60 days after enactment, workers receiving benefits will continue to receive benefits under the 2002 Program </li></ul><ul><li>When the 2011 Program benefits become available on December 20,2011, these workers may elect to either… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose to continue receiving benefits under the 2002 Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Move to the 2011 Program </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If a participant does not make a choice, he/she will continue to receive benefits under the 2002 Program </li></ul>13
  16. 16. One-Time Choice Election
  17. 17. Scenario <ul><li>Bill Brown was separated from his trade affected employment on March 4, 2011, and Certified under petition number 80,612 on August 5 2011.  He did not apply for training or request a waiver from training by October 1, 2011, and missed his 8/16 deadline as required under the 2002 Amendments.  </li></ul><ul><li>Would Mr. Brown be eligible to apply for benefits and services under the 2011 Amendments and meet the new 26/26 week deadline for enrolling in training or securing a waiver from training?  </li></ul>
  18. 18. Scenario <ul><li>Yes.  Mr. Brown would NOT be eligible to make a choice, since he was not receiving benefits and services under the 2002 program on December 20, 2011 – HOWEVER, because he was not receiving benefits, i.e., on a training waiver (or enrolled in training, participating in training or having completed training), receiving a job search or relocation allowance or TRA, he would be eligible to begin receiving benefits and services under the 2011 provisions.  Under the 2011 provisions, he would be subject to the 26/26 week deadline for enrolling in training and could meet that eligibility test for enrollment in training or securing a waiver from training if applicable. </li></ul>
  19. 19. What Does “Receiving Benefits” Mean? <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>A worker must receive ONE of the following TAA benefits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training Waiver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A training waiver is in effect for the worker on December 20, 2011; or </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The worker has an approved training plan and is enrolled in training, participating in training, or has completed training by December 20, 2011; or </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Search and Relocation Allowances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The worker has been approved for a job search or relocation allowance, even if the payment has not yet occurred on or before December 20, 2011; or </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) and ATAA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The worker has received a payment of either TRA of ATAA for a week before or for the week that includes December 20, 2011 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. 2002 Program to the 2011 Program <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>Must make election on or after December 20, 2011 and before March 19, 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transition to new benefits on the first week after the State documents the choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits received before the worker makes the choice, count toward the maximum, e.g. TRA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workers receiving benefits under the 2002 program, but not enrolled in training must comply with training deadlines in TEGL No. 22-08 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waivers permitted under the 2002 Program, but eliminated under the 2011 Program, will not be available for workers choosing to move the 2011 Program. Where appropriate, States must revoke eliminated waivers and redesignate or issue under allowable provision. Where waivers are revoked, TAA participants must comply with enrollment in training deadlines in TEGL No. 22-08 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where applicable, for workers moving to the 2011 Program, States must amend training plans to establish benchmarks </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. One-Time Choice Election (80,000 and Above)
  22. 22. One-Time Choice Provision <ul><li>Election period will begin on the 60th day after enactment, December 20, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Election period ends on March 19, 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Available to TAA participants covered under an 80,000 series petition and served under the 2002 program </li></ul><ul><li>Question: Can participants covered under the same petition be covered under two different programs? </li></ul>
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  24. 24. Hypothetical Case: TA-W-80,700 October 21, 2011 Date of Law Signature Sept. 20, 2011 Petition Filed October 5, 2011 Certification Dec. 20, 2011 Day 60 Days 60-150 One-time Choice Window Mar. 19, 2012 Day 150 Received TRA Days 1-60 Chose 2011 program Did not make an Election Received no Benefits or Services Choice Offered Received TRA Choice Offered 2011 2002 2011 Participant 1 Participant 2 Participant 3 Program Prior to Enactment 24                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  25. 25. One-Time Choice Election - Scenario <ul><li>Jason Smith is Certified under Reconsideration of Petition number TA-W 80,249 on November 2, 2011, and receives benefits and services on November 14, 2011 under the 2002 Program.  Since this is during the 60 day period between enactment of the new provisions, and December 20, 2011 when the new benefit and service provisions trigger on, is he eligible for a “choice” of either benefits and services under the 2002 Program or the 2011 Program after December 20, 2011? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  26. 26. One-Time Choice Election - Scenario <ul><li>Yes – all workers covered under certified petitions 80,000 – 80,999 who begin receiving benefits and services under the 2002 Program between October 21, 2011 and December 20, 2011 are eligible to make a “choice” of continuing under the 2002 Program, or moving to the 2011 Program.  The choice MUST be exercised between December 20, 2011 and March 19, 2012.  Failure to choose the 2011 Program results in continuation of benefits and services under the 2002 Program ONLY. </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul>
  27. 27. One-Time Choice Election – Scenario <ul><li>Sally Smith is certified under petition TA-W-81,230 on November 23, 2011, and applies for benefits and services on December 1, 2011.  Since this is during the 60 day period between enactment of the new program, and December 20, 2011 when the new benefit and service provisions become available, is she eligible for a “choice” of either benefits and services under the 2002 Program or the 2011 Program after December 20, 2011? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul>
  28. 28. One-Time Choice Election – Scenario <ul><li>No – all workers certified under petitions 81,000 and above are served ONLY under the 2011 Program regardless of the date of application for benefits and services under that petition.  </li></ul>
  29. 29. Workers Who Do Not Make a Choice <ul><li>(80,000-80,999 and Receiving Benefits on </li></ul><ul><li>December 20, 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Choice is a one-time option </li></ul><ul><li>Choice must be made between December 20, 2011 and March 19, 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Workers will continue to receive benefits under the 2002 Amendments if they do not make a choice </li></ul><ul><li>Appellate decisions may consider the Equitable Tolling doctrine if the State fails to provide timely or complete notice </li></ul><ul><li>See TEGL No.08-11 for additional information regarding Equitable Tolling </li></ul>
  30. 30. Petitions Filed after October 21, 2011 <ul><li>Will be issued petition numbers TA-W 81,000 and above </li></ul><ul><li>Subject to the 2011 Program </li></ul>
  31. 31. Worker Group Eligibility Length of TRA Benefits Waivers
  32. 32. Worker Group Eligibility <ul><li>Worker group coverage under the 2011 Program is restored to the coverage provided under the 2009 Program, with the exception of coverage for workers in public agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Trade-Affected Workers may include workers in firms that produce articles and workers in service sector firms, based on: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>increased imports of like or directly competitive articles or services; or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increased imports of a finished article for which the workers’ firm produces component parts or supplies services; or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>increased imports of articles directly incorporating foreign components that are like or directly competitive with the component parts made by U.S. workers; or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>shifts in production of articles or supply of services to any foreign country; or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>workers in firms that supply component parts or services to firms with TAA-certified workers or perform additional, value-added production processes to firms with TAA-certified workers; or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>workers in firms identified in International Trade Commission “injury” determinations </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. Extended Impact Date <ul><li>Impact Date = Generally is the date that is one year before the date of the petition </li></ul><ul><li>2011 Amendments expand the impact date to February 13, 2010 for all certifications of petitions filed between October 21, 2011 and January 19, 2012 </li></ul>
  34. 34. TRA and Training Waivers <ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>52 weeks of Basic TRA (reduced by UC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>78 weeks in 91 of Additional TRA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remedial or Prerequisite TRA may account for 26 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Six Training Waivers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>52 weeks of Basic TRA (reduced by UC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>65 weeks in 78 of Additional TRA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completion TRA may account for 13 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three Training Waivers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2002 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>52 weeks of Basic TRA (reduced by UC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>52 weeks in 52 of Additional TRA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remedial TRA may account for 26 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Six Training Waivers </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. Criteria for Waiving Training Requirement <ul><li>2011 TAA Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Three Criteria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health Condition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enrollment in Training is not Available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No Training is Available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2002 and 2009 TAA Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Six Criteria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health Condition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enrollment in Training is not Available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No Training is Available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recall </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Marketable Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Retirement </li></ul></ul></ul>
  36. 37. Elimination of Remedial TRA Establishment of Completion TRA
  37. 38. Elimination of Remedial TRA <ul><li>The eligibility period for the receipt of Basic TRA is not extended for weeks of participation in remedial or prerequisite training (as it was under the 2009 Amendments), and the 26 weeks of TRA referred to as Remedial TRA is no longer payable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The TAAEA eliminates Remedial TRA as a “category” of TRA, although remedial and prerequisite training should continue to be part of an approved training plan where appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>However, the inclusion of remedial and prerequisite training in a worker’s training plan will no longer result in the worker’s eligibility for up to 26 additional weeks of TRA </li></ul></ul>
  38. 39. Introduction of Completion TRA <ul><li>New category of TRA aligns with the Department’s larger aim to increase the completion of recognized credentials </li></ul><ul><li>Provides participants with up to 13 more weeks of TRA within a 20 week period in order to complete training plan </li></ul><ul><li>Conditions of Completion TRA: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The requested weeks are necessary for the worker to complete a training program that leads to a degree or industry-recognized credential; as described in TEGL No. 15-10, and; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The worker is participating in training in each such week; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The worker has substantially met the performance benchmarks established in the approved training plan (see section C.3.1); and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The worker is expected to continue to make progress toward the completion of the approved training; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The worker will be able to complete the training during the period authorized for receipt of Completion TRA </li></ul></ul>
  39. 40. 2011 Program Benefits: TRA Timeline 40
  40. 41. 41
  41. 42. Training Benchmarks
  42. 43. Training Benchmarks <ul><li>Reviews conducted at 60 day intervals from the start of the training plan </li></ul><ul><li>Documented in IEP and signed by participant </li></ul><ul><li>Two Evaluation Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfactory academic standing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On track to complete training within the agreed upon timeframe </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Encourages early intervention and modification of unsuccessful training plans </li></ul><ul><li>Supports modification measures in order to increase training completion and credentials </li></ul>
  43. 44. Training Benchmarks <ul><li>Required for Completion TRA eligibility </li></ul><ul><li>Must be established at the beginning of all training programs- except for very short training programs </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraged because they strengthen case management efforts </li></ul>
  44. 45. Completion TRA Participant Served under 81,000 petition (meets benchmarks) IEP Developed with benchmark requirements documented and signed Up to 15 benchmark reviews through point of Completion TRA eligibility Participant Served under 81,000 petition (fails benchmarks) IEP Developed with benchmark requirements documented and signed 130 weeks of training Participant fails one of two benchmarks Revise plan Modify IEP Modified plan may include Completion TRA eligibility Completion TRA begins 2 nd Failure Participant may continue in original approved plan with no Completion TRA 45
  45. 46. ATAA/RTAA
  46. 47. Older Workers <ul><li>(80,000-80,999) </li></ul><ul><li>RTAA is available to older workers under the 2011 Program </li></ul><ul><li>States must automatically review determinations of denials of individual eligibility for ATAA </li></ul><ul><li>If the denial for ATAA was based on eligibility criteria that does not apply to RTAA… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Then, States must notify the worker of the option to apply for benefits under the RTAA program </li></ul></ul>
  47. 48. Reemployment TAA (RTAA) <ul><li>Matches RTAA under 2009 amendments in flexibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can combine training and TRA benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Matches ATAA under 2002 for age, salary ceiling, and benefit amount </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be aged 50 or over at time of reemployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Earning $50,000 or less upon reemployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximum payment is $10,000 </li></ul></ul>
  48. 49. WITH a petition certification for TAA... Eligible to apply for RTAA under 2009 program WITH a petition certification for TAA & ATAA but no TAA benefit or service by December 20, 2011... Eligible to apply for RTAA under 2011 program ATAA/RTAA ELIGIBILITY a petition certification for TAA... WITH a petition certification for TAA and a negative determination for ATAA... Petition 81,000 + Petition 80,000-80,999 Petition 70,000- 79,999 receiving ATAA ... Election to continue with ATAA/2002 or choose RTAA/ 2011 Eligible to apply for RTAA under 2011 program a petition certification for TAA & ATAA and a qualifying TAA benefit or service by December 20, 2011 Election to continue with 2002 (ATAA) or choose RTAA/2011 What happens if a participant is eligible for an election and you does not make a choice by March 19, 2012? The participant will continue to receive benefits and services under the 2002 program. . Eligible to apply for RTAA under the 2011 program <ul><li>Receipt of training waiver </li></ul><ul><li>Receipt of TRA payment </li></ul><ul><li>Receipt of ATAA payment </li></ul><ul><li>Enrolled in or completed </li></ul><ul><li>training </li></ul><ul><li>Receipt of Job Search or Relocation Allowance </li></ul>What is a qualifying TAA benefit or service for election?
  49. 50. HCTC Health Coverage Tax Credit
  50. 51. Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) <ul><li>HCTC will cover 72.5% of qualifying health insurance premium costs </li></ul><ul><li>The same tax credit will be offered to all TAA participants regardless of their petition number or TAA program </li></ul><ul><li>The 72.5% coverage is retroactive and applies to payments made from March – December of 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>The retroactive payments may be claimed by participants on their tax return for 2011, filed in 2012 </li></ul>
  51. 52. Funding Consolidation Recapture
  52. 53. Funding for FY 2012
  53. 54. Job Search and Relocation <ul><li>2011 Program Job Search & Relocation consolidated under the $575M cap for FY 2012 and beyond </li></ul><ul><li>Allows States to decide whether to offer workers the opportunity to apply for Job Search and Relocation Allowances </li></ul><ul><li>If a state elects to retain this benefit for trade affected workers, it is available at the 2002 benefit level and in accordance with the regulations of 20 CFR 617.48 and 617.49 </li></ul>
  54. 55. Recapture and Financial Reporting <ul><li>DOL may recapture funds from States with remaining un-obligated funding after two or three years </li></ul><ul><li>DOL may distribute recaptured funds to States in need of additional funding </li></ul><ul><li>Changes to financial reporting requirements pending issuance of the revised ETA-9130 </li></ul>
  55. 56. Federal Good Cause Equitable Tolling
  56. 57. <ul><li>Effective with the 2011 Program </li></ul><ul><li>A waiver for good cause of the time limitations “with respect to an application for TRA or enrollment in training” means: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>26/26 week enrollment in training deadline </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Same application as “state good cause” under 2009 Program </li></ul>Highlights for Federal Good Cause
  57. 58. <ul><li>Tyler Gordon is a trade affected worker who has completed 117 weeks of training, and has been unable to secure suitable employment in his home state.  He is offered a suitable job in another state, and accepts; however, he misses the deadline for filing for Relocation Benefits due to serious and verified health issues.  Can the Federal Good Cause Provision be used to waive that deadline? </li></ul>Federal Good Cause - Scenario
  58. 59. <ul><li>No. Federal Good Cause can only be applied to deadlines relating to enrollment in training or applying for TRA </li></ul>Federal Good Cause – Scenario
  59. 60. <ul><li>Because Brad Jolie never received information from the state of the requirement to enroll in training, he missed the deadline to enroll in training. Brad said he had recently moved and had not received a notice from the state regarding training deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Brad also mentioned he had missed several other pieces of mail since he moved and provided proof </li></ul><ul><li>Should the state provide relief to Brad under Federal Good Cause? </li></ul>Federal Good Cause - Scenario
  60. 61. Federal Good Cause – Scenario <ul><li>Yes. Brad provided proof and a reasonable person would believe this could happen under ordinary circumstances </li></ul>
  61. 62. Federal Good Cause and Equitable Tolling are Separate and Distinct Provisions Federal Good Cause Equitable Tolling Statutory <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul>Program <ul><li>Applicable only under the 2011 Program </li></ul><ul><li>Available in 2002, 2009 and 2011 Programs </li></ul>Deadlines <ul><li>Can be applied ONLY to application for TRA and enrollment in training </li></ul><ul><li>May apply to any TAA deadline, e.g., States may apply to a missed Choice Option deadline if applicable. </li></ul>When Available <ul><li>Effective with TAAEA </li></ul><ul><li>TEGL issued </li></ul><ul><li>October 19, 2011 </li></ul>
  62. 63. TAPR Sunset Provisions
  63. 64. Performance Reporting FY 2013 <ul><li>Changes that require new or modified data collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of workers who “report” that they have received benefits under a prior certification in the past ten years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of workers that are in training leading to an associate’s degree </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of workers who completed training who were also enrolled in pre-layoff training </li></ul></ul>
  64. 65. Sunset Provisions <ul><li>2011 Amendments sunset on December 31, 2013 </li></ul><ul><li>The TAA Program will revert back to the provisions of the 2002 Amendments save for three provisions of the TAAEA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The elimination of three training waivers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The elimination of additional weeks of TRA for remedial or prerequisite training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The authority of the Secretary to grant 13 weeks of additional TRA (Completion TRA) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The “reverted TAA program” is authorized from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 </li></ul>
  65. 66. References <ul><li>TAA Homepage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// doleta.gov/tradeact / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Side-by-Side Program Comparison </li></ul><ul><li>http://doleta.gov/tradeact/pdf/side-by-side.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Denied 80,000 Petitions Opened for Reconsideration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://doleta.gov/tradeact/pdf/80000Denials.pdf </li></ul></ul>
  66. 67. Questions?
  67. 68. ETA Region 1 Trade Contacts <ul><li>Tim Theberge – Regional Trade Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>617-788-0139 </li></ul><ul><li>John Murphy </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>617-788-0392 </li></ul><ul><li>Kate McLaughlin </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>617-788-0126 </li></ul>
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