The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program is a federal program established by the Trade Act of 1974. The legal specifics of the Adjustment Assistance for Workers can be found under Title 19 Part 2 of the U.S. Code or Title 20 Part 617 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Under the TAA program, qualifying trade-affected workers or groups may receive a variety of benefits and services designed to assist them with reemployment.
The RAPID Response Program represents a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the state and local workforce investment system. Its purpose is to quickly provide services to businesses and workers affected by plant closures and layoffs, including those due to increased competition from imports, natural disasters and other events.
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) was passed by Congress in 1986. The law amended Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Public Health Service Act. The amendment was designed to ensure that certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children have the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates.