Trade Adjustment Assistance
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Trade Adjustment AssistanceThe Petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) form explains who can file a petition and when a petition can be filed. TAA/ATAA petitions may also be obtained from any local Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) office, the State TAA Office, or the U.S. Department of Labor’s Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance.

Fax Completed paperwork to:
Iowa Trade Act Coordinator
FAX: (515) 281-9641

When the petition is received, the Trade Act Coordinator will review it and submit it to the appropriate division of the Department of Labor (DOL) in Washington, D.C. Upon receiving the petition from the State TAA office, the DOL conducts a fact-finding investigation to determine whether the group eligibility criteria have been met.

Within approximately 40 days of the State TAA Office’s submission of the petition, the DOL will conclude the investigation and issue a final determination based on the TAA/ATAA eligibility requirements. If a final determination is not reached within 40 days, this delay is typically because the DOL is having difficulties obtaining the required information from the affected company. When the final decision is reached, the DOL will notify the petitioners and the State TAA Office.

If the DOL determines that a TAA/ATAA petition does not meet the eligibility requirements under the Trade Act program, then the petition for Trade Act certification is denied.

If the DOL certifies, or approves, a petition, the Trade Act Coordinator will make contact with the petitioners and company to set up worker information meetings to assist affected workers in completing their eligibility paperwork and to notify them of the menu of benefits available to help them in finding new employment.

If you have any questions during this process, please contact:
Iowa Trade Act Coordinator
Phone: (515) 281-9022 or (515) 281-9015

Please Note: There is no cost to the company—by way of taxes, fees, etc.—in any part of this process of filing a petition, nor is there any cost to the company if the petition is approved.
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