Are you a worker who has lost their job or had their hours or wages reduced because of foreign completion? If so, the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program can help!

This program provides resources like training, income support, job search allowances, and relocation allowances to help trade-affected workers find new jobs and acquire new skills. To qualify for group assistance, a Trade Act petition must be filed with the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). If you have any questions about the program or need help with filing a petition, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Navigation Leads at the Florida Commerce State Trade Program. We're here to help you get on your feet and find new opportunities.  

Who are Florida’s TAA Petition Navigation Program Leads? 

The Florida Commerce 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 USDOL 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; and
    • Notifies employer and workers, after certification is granted.
  • 2. To collaborate with the State Trade Program
    • Facilitates information sessions for eligible workers (after the petition is certified);
    • Manages Florida's TAA local area contacts; and 
    • Refers affected workers to the appropriate local area TAA Coordinator.
  • 3. To collaborate with the Local TAA Coordinators
    • Provides day-to-day technical assistance to local coordinators;
    • Manages Florida's Affected Worker List database; and
    • Provides TAA outreach and educational materials.


How may we help you? 

For more information or details about the TAA Program, send your email to:

To report a trade-affected employer and/or worker group, send an email to the link provided above and 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;
  • Number of affected workers;
  • Industry;
  • Business location (including address, city, and county); and
  • Your preferred contact information (including phone number, e-mail address, mailing address).


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