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Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Programs: Statutes

The Trade Act of 1974, P.L. 93-618, has been amended numerous times since its enactment in January 1975. Three times over the past 10 years, Trade Act amendments to chapter 2 of title II of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2271 et seq.) made major changes to the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program (TAA Program).  Therefore, the TAA benefits that eligible workers may apply for at their local American Job Center depends on whether the workers are covered by the provisions of the Trade Act enacted in 2002 (the 2002 TAA Program), 2009 (the 2009 TAA Program) or 2011 (the 2011 TAA Program).  The applicable laws covering petitions, determinations, and program benefits are found below.

The Sunset Provisions of the 2011 TAA program is current law, as of January 1, 2014. Reversion 2014 means the TAA program administered by the Sunset Provisions of the Amendments to the Trade Act of 1974, Enacted by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (the TAA program under the 2002 Amendments with 2011 Sunset Provisions). For Reversion 2014 statute, please see Sec. 233. Sunset Provisions.

 

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.

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