The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers Program assists workers who have been laid off or whose jobs have been threatened (e.g., reduced hours or reduced wages) because of foreign trade or competition. The TAA program provides resources, such as training, income support, job search allowances, and relocation allowances, to help trade- affected workers obtain new skills and find suitable employment. For group eligibility, a Trade Act petition must be filed with the US Department of Labor. For petition assistance or program eligibility questions, please contact the Department of Economic Opportunity State Trade Program’s TAA Petition Navigation Leads

Who are Florida’s TAA Petition Navigation Program Leads? 

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity State Trade Program has dedicated Trade Act Petition Navigation staff. These subject matter experts coordinate and communicate with both trade-affected employers and employees to provide education and resources on the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program. Petition navigation staff assist trade-affected employers with the United States Department of Labor Trade Act petition process. With the appropriate information provided, petition navigation staff may file a petition on the behalf of an affected worker group. 

How do we serve Florida’s Trade-Affected Employers and Workers?  

 Overview of Florida's Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Service Delivery Structure diagram

Overview of Florida's Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Service Delivery
State Rapid Response Program State Trade Program Local TAA Coordinators
  • Conducts layoff aversion services to save Florida jobs
  • Manages Florida’s public Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification  database
  • Provides Rapid Response Informational Sessions to adversely affected workers
  • Connects employers with Business services, Rapid Response services, community resources, and workforce development programs
  • Refers employers, employees, unions, and other eligible parties to the Petition Navigation Program Leads

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  • Administers and monitoring Florida’s TAA program
  • Provides operational program policy to the Local Workforce Development Boards
  • Conducts statewide training for Local TAA Coordinators
  • Refers employers, employees, unions, and other eligible parties
  • Administers TAA program benefits
  • Coordinates with out-of-state TAA programs to streamline and accommodate incoming Florida participants
  • Reports program performance to the United States Department of Labor
  • Refers trade-affected workers to the IRS for a federal health care tax credit.

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  • Provides comprehensive training and case management services
  • Interprets interests and skills assessments
  • Provides pre-vocational coaching and career coaching
  • Approves and reports services in Employ Florida
  • Reports On-The-Job Training opportunities to the State Trade Program and their Petition Navigation Program Leads
  • Coordinates with local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act case managers for co-enrollment in the Dislocated Worker program including job readiness workshops and access to Supportive Services
  • Refers to Petition Navigation Program Leads and State Trade Program for general program guidance
  • Refers to Petition Navigation Program Leads and State Rapid Response Program when a local trade-affected layoff is anticipated

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What is the role of our State Petition Navigation Program Leads?

  • 1. To collaborate with the State Rapid Response Program
    • Serves as the TAA liaison to State Rapid Response Program.
    • Investigates layoffs for foreign trade and competition.
    • With the appropriate information, files Trade Act petitions on the behalf of affected workers.
    • Once certified, notifies employer and workers.
  • 2. To collaborate with the State Trade Program
    • Once certified, facilitates information sessions for eligible workers.
    • Manages Florida's TAA regional contacts database.
    • Refers affected-workers to the appropriate region and local case manager(s).
  • 3. To collaborate with the Local TAA Coordinators
    • Provides day-to-day technical assistance to local coordinators.
    • Manages Florida's Affected Worker List database.
    • Provides TAA outreach and educational materials.


How may we help you? 

Report a trade-affected employer and/or worker group.  Please include:

  • Your legal name and affiliation to the organization (e.g., Human Resources, Employee, Former Employee, etc.)
  • Legal and full name of the business.
  • Layoff date and/or layoff schedule, if applicable.
  • Industry.
  • Business location (including address, city, and county).
  •  Preferred contact information (including phone number, e-mail address, mailing address)

For more information, please contact the State Trade Program.

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