For Immediate Release
June 24, 2016
Vermont Department of Labor
Contact: Rose Lucenti, VDOL Workforce Development Director
802-828-4151 or Rose.Lucenti@Vermont.gov
USDOL Approves Vermont Department of Labor’s Request for Trade Certification for Laid-Off Workers from MBA HealthGroup, South Burlington, Vermont
The USDOL Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance in Washington, D.C. issued a determination on June 3, 2016 approving the Vermont Department of Labor’s (VDOL) request for Trade Certification for the laid-off workers of MBA HealthGroup, South Burlington, Vermont. The certification has authorized all workers of MBA HealthGroup, South Burlington, Vermont who meet the eligibility criteria, to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance under Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.
Eligible workers include:
- MBA HealthGroup workers who were laid off on or after May 12, 2015; and
- Current workers who are under a threat of layoff, though June 3, 2018
The Trade Adjustment Assistance program offers various benefits and services to support workers deemed “Trade Certified”, to include: Reemployment Services, Job Retraining, Job Search Allowance, Relocation Allowance, Unemployment Insurance Benefits, Trade Readjustment Allowances and Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance Wage Subsidy.
Eligible workers need to be aware of the fact that there are time-sensitive deadlines associated with some of the benefits and services available. Trade-affected workers who have questions about eligibility, services and benefits should contact the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4177, or visit the nearest VDOL Regional Career Resource Center. The listing of VDOL’s 12 Regional Offices can be found at www.labor.vermont.gov.
“The Vermont Department of Labor is pleased with the ruling from USDOL Trade Office. This certification provides substantial resources for trade-affected dislocated workers who may want to pursue education, training and/or new careers. It can also provide financial assistance during the transition to a new job. The most important message to the employees of MBA HealthGroup is that there are enrollment deadlines for some of these benefits, and they need to go into the local VDOL Office to meet with our staff to fully understand the benefits and financial supports available to them,” said Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan.