Wages & TRA
TRA is income support to help you while you are in full time school or, if waived from school, while you are seeking full time employment and on Basic TRA. If you are in full time training and are also working during a week in which you claim TRA Basic or TRA Additional benefits there are special instructions for weekly certification, please contact your case manager and the TRA Department at 402-471-9896. Any employment during your full time training should be shared with your case manager and the TRA Department at 402-471-9896.
Types of TRA Available to Adversely Affected Workers
TRA is paid after all unemployment insurance benefits (including any federal Extended Unemployment Benefits) are exhausted. In full time training or on a waiver of training. Maximum benefit is 52 times weekly UI benefit amount minus total UI received Eligibility period to receive benefits is 26 weeks, starting the first week after exhaustion of the State UI.
TRA is paid after all Basic TRA is exhausted and attending Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) approved training program full time. Maximum benefit is based on your petition number, 65 to 78 weeks of benefits while in full time training.
TRA is paid at the end of the “Additional “ TRA period and is paid for remedial/prerequisite education weeks attended dependent upon when training has completed. (Only for TAARA and TGAAA recipients). Not available for TRADE 2011 or Reversion 2014 Law.
TRA is paid during the last 20 weeks of training, all Benchmarks have been met, and a Credential must be received. You must understand that if you fail a second benchmark, a modification must be made to your training plan or you may lose eligibility to receive Completion TRA. (Only for TAAEA and R2014 recipients). Up to 13 weeks available if participant meets training benchmarks.
The benefits stop if there is a break in training exceeding 30 training days outside of the training schedule. Benefits also stop when the training program is completed.
Amount of TRA Benefits
If you qualify for TRA, the weekly amount of your TRA will be based on the unemployment insurance claim in effect at the time of your first qualifying separation from the adversely affected employment. Your same weekly benefit amount will be paid while on TRA and in full time training. (if any federally extended unemployment benefits exist and you are eligible for these, the amount will be subtracted from your TRA benefits.