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Integration of Trade Services for Dislocated Workers: A Comprehensive Guide

Part E-200 — Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance

E-200.1:

Overview of

Alternative

Trade

Adjustment

Assistance

The Trade Act established ATAA for Trade-certified older workers

for whom retraining may not be appropriate. The application for

Trade certification must include an indication of the intent to file

for ATAA within the regular petition document.

The primary focus of ATAA reemployment benefits is rapid,

suitable, and long-term employment. ATAA allows Trade-certified

workers 50 years of age or older, who find full-time employment

within 26 weeks of their separation, to receive supplemental

payments to help bridge the salary gap between their old and new

wages.

Note: Rapid Response teams ensure the dissemination of

information prior to and following the notification of layoff,

petition filings, and certifications.

E-200.2:

Alternative

Trade

Adjustment

Assistance

Eligibility

Trade-certified workers with the following characteristics may

receive up to half the difference between the old wage and new

wage:

• Are 50 years old at the time of separation

• Obtain different, full-time employment within 26 weeks of

separation from the adversely affected employment

• Receive wages less than those earned in the previous

employment

• Earn less than $50,000 per year in new employment

A maximum of $10,000 during a two-year eligibility period may be

paid as supplemental wages under ATAA.

Part E: Additional Trade Programs May 2006 Page E-3

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