Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA)

What is Trade Adjustment Assistance?

What is Trade Adjustment Assistance?

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) provides assistance to individuals who have been laid off due to the shift of production and/or import of articles/services from other countries. The goal of TAA is to assist workers in returning to employment through the services of the program. North Carolina’s TAA program is administered by the Division of Workforce Solutions (DWS).

What is Trade Readjustment Allowance?

What is Trade Readjustment Allowance?

Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) is one benefit of the TAA program which provides income support through weekly benefits. TRA benefits are subject to federal time and guideline restrictions. 

How can I qualify for TRA benefits?

How can I qualify for TRA benefits?

You must be laid off from a trade-affected employer that is covered under a petition issued by the US Department of Labor. You must have worked for the employer at least 26 weeks in one year prior to separation and earned at least $30.00 in each of those weeks. In addition, certain critical deadlines must be met for enrollment in approved training.

How are TRA benefits calculated?

How are TRA benefits calculated?

TRA benefits are based on the same wages that are used to establish your UI claim. The weekly benefit amount will be the same as your UI claim.

When can I file for TRA benefits?

When can I file for TRA benefits?

A TRA claim should be filed at the same time you file your regular UI claim with DES. The TRA benefits will be paid after the exhaustion of all UI benefits.

Are TRA benefits paid weekly?

Are TRA benefits paid weekly?

Yes. TRA benefits are paid weekly.

If I qualify for TRA benefits, how will they be paid?

If I qualify for TRA benefits, how will they be paid?

Your weekly benefits will be paid by direct deposit or debit card. 

Are TRA benefits taxable?

Are TRA benefits taxable?

Yes. TRA benefits are taxable.

What is a waiver, and must I have a waiver to receive TRA benefits?

What is a waiver, and must I have a waiver to receive TRA benefits?

If you are unable to meet the training deadline, a waiver may be issued for certain conditions. This waiver is required for eligibility to entitlement of TRA. DWS may issue a waiver if you are not enrolled in training by the established deadline.

What is the duration of a waiver and how many waivers are allowed?

What is the duration of a waiver and how many waivers are allowed?

A waiver is good for 30 days and no more than 6 waivers should be issued.

Are reviews required to continue receiving TRA benefits?

Are reviews required to continue receiving TRA benefits?

Yes. Reviews are required every four (4) weeks to monitor training attendance and continued eligibility for TRA.

If denied TRA benefits, can I appeal the decision?

If denied TRA benefits, can I appeal the decision?

Yes. You may submit a written appeal by mail, facsimile or email to the address contained in the determination.

How do I get a copy of my TRA monetary determination?

How do I get a copy of my TRA monetary determination?

A copy of your monetary determination will be mailed to you approximately 10 days after your TRA claim is filed.

Am I required to do a work search to receive TRA benefits?

Am I required to do a work search to receive TRA benefits?

You are required to search for work until you enter training. After training begins, training attendance verification is required.

If I qualify for TRA benefits, am I required to do a weekly certification?

If I qualify for TRA benefits, am I required to do a weekly certification?

Yes. A weekly certification is required for each benefit week.

How does DES calculate my weekly benefit amount if I find a part-time job while receiving TRA benefits?

How does DES calculate my weekly benefit amount if I find a part-time job while receiving TRA benefits?

You must always report your gross earnings for any work performed during any week you claim benefits. Each claim has an earnings allowance. Your earning allowance is the amount of money you can earn without reducing your weekly benefit amount. If you find a part-time job while receiving TRA benefits, you may earn up to your weekly earning allowance without affecting your benefits. Earnings over this amount are deducted dollar-for-dollar from your weekly benefit amount.