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Integration of Trade Services for Dislocated Workers: A Comprehensive Guide

Before a waiver of training is approved and entered in TWIST, Boards must

ensure that:

• the waiver of training is reviewed to confirm that all information is complete

and correct;

• the TAA customer is registered for work in WorkInTexas.com; and

• the TAA customer’s TAA Eligibility Criteria tab in TWIST is reviewed to

ensure the customer is trade affected (all “Y”s on the TAA Eligibility Criteria

tab) if the petition is numbered 50,000 or greater.

In addition, Boards must ensure that Texas Workforce Center staff makes a

determination of the waiver of training no later than the “waiver/in training

deadline date,” also located on the customer’s TAA Eligibility Criteria tab.

If the TAA customer’s TAA Eligibility Criteria tab does not indicate that the

customer is trade affected (tab does not contain all “Y”s), or there is no TAA

Program Detail, but the applicable Trade petition is certified, Boards must

conduct a Master Record of Investigation. Boards and Texas Workforce Center

staff may contact the Commission’s Trade Unit at 1-888-562-7249 for guidance.

NOTE: Boards must be aware that waivers of training are not allowed

under a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) certification.

NAFTA certifications are indicated in TWIST under the Program Detail by

an “N” before the number (e.g., N0001234) as opposed to a Trade petition

number, which begins with a “T.”

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Initial and Subsequent Waiver Filing

Initial Waiver

It is recommended that “marketable skills” be used as the initial reason for

approving a waiver of training unless one of the other five reasons for approving a

waiver is more applicable, or the waiver will be recommended for denial. TAA

customers likely have marketable skills because they were recently employed and

can transfer their skills to another occupation.

Boards must ensure that:

• the waiver is valid for no more than 26 weeks (six months);

• the start date of the waiver begins on the Sunday of the week the waiver was

approved;

• the waiver ends on the Saturday of the 26 th week;

• an initial basic assessment of the TAA customer is conducted that includes the

job history and skills of the customer; and

• the TAA customer has an active work application in WorkInTexas.com. (This

is also a requirement to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits.)

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Page F-3.4 WD Letter 29-05 Appendix F-300

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