Claiming Trade Readjustment Allowance Benefits

Trade Readjustment Allowance benefits are claimed on a bi-weekly basis by means of a mail-in claim certification card (Form UCB-61). This card must be completed and signed by both the worker and a training facility representative.

Basic Trade Readjustment Allowance benefits may be paid if the worker is on a training waiver, or may continue once a worker has successfully completed training.  Form UCB-61 would still be used to claim benefits while the individual is looking for work. A list of job contacts made during the claimed period should be attached to the Form UCB-61 instead of a signature from a training facility representative.

Trade Readjustment Allowance benefits may be paid during scheduled breaks in training that do not exceed 30 days (excluding days that are not considered “normal” school days, i.e., weekends, holidays, etc.).  If the worker is on a scheduled break at the time the certification (Form UCB-61) is due to be mailed, the worker will complete and sign his/her portion of the form and note the beginning and ending date of the break on the school verification portion of the form.

Trade Readjustment Allowance Benefit Periods

Trade Readjustment Allowance Benefit Periods  (2009 Amendments)

Maximum Weeks

Regular Reemployment Assistance Benefits 

26

Basic Trade Readjustment Allowance Benefits  

26

Extended Trade Readjustment Allowance Benefits

78

Prerequisite/Remedial Trade Readjustment Allowance (If approved)

*26

Total

*156

*If prerequisite/remedial education is not approved, the maximum TRA benefit period will not exceed 130 weeks.

Trade Readjustment Allowance Benefit Periods (2002 Amendments)

Maximum Weeks

Regular Reemployment Assistance Benefits 

26

Basic Trade Readjustment Allowance Benefits  

26

Extended Trade Readjustment Allowance Benefits

52

Prerequisite/Remedial Trade Readjustment Allowance (If approved)

*26

Total

*130

 

*If prerequisite/remedial education is not approved, the maximum TRA benefit period will not exceed 104 weeks.

NOTE: The worker must exhaust all rights to regular Reemployment Assistance, Emergency Unemployment Compensation or Extended Benefits before receiving Trade Readjustment Allowance benefits.  If a trade-affected worker receives Emergency Unemployment Compensation or Extended Benefits, the Trade Readjustment Allowance benefit period will be reduced by the number of weeks that these benefits were received.

If a worker qualifies for Trade Readjustment Allowance, the weekly amount of his/her Trade Readjustment Allowance will generally be the same as the amount of the state reemployment assistance benefits he/she was receiving immediately before becoming eligible for Trade Readjustment Allowance.

Any earnings or other income received will reduce the worker’s Trade Readjustment Allowance benefits in the same way such income would have reduced weekly reemployment assistance benefits.  If a worker is participating in approved training the earnings from work that are equal to or less than the most recent weekly reemployment assistance benefit amount will not be deducted from the worker’s Trade Readjustment Allowance.

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