Covering Louisiana

Feb 19, 2013 6:56 PM

Former Hostess workers eligible for assistance

Hundreds of former Hostess workers in Louisiana are eligible to apply for federal assistance. In November 2012, Hostess laid off 426 Louisiana workers when the company announced it was shutting down. In all, 18,000 workers in 48 states lost their jobs at 864 company locations.

Workers covered by this TAA certification will be contacted by the state workforce agency with instructions on how to apply for benefits and services. Former workers who qualify may receive case management and re-employment services, training in new occupational skills and/or trade readjustment allowances that provide income support for workers enrolled in training. Workers may also receive job search and relocation allowances, and the Health Coverage Tax Credit.

While TAA is open to eligible workers of all ages, workers 50 years of age and older may elect to receive Re-employment Trade Adjustment Assistance instead. If a worker obtains new employment at wages less than $50,000 and less than those earned in the trade-impacted employment, the RTAA program will pay 50 percent of the difference between the old wage and the new wage, up to $10,000 over a two-year period. RTAA participants may also be eligible for retraining and the HCTC.

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