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DOL certifies petition

Published 11:56am Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Former, current Russell employees might be entitled to additional benefits

Some current and former employees of Russell Brands, LLC, a subsidiary of Fruit of the Loom, may be eligible for benefits, according to the Alabama Department of Labor under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Act of 2011.

The U.S. Department of Labor found that workers at the facility may have become unemployed as a result of increased imports.

The benefits will be extended to those who worked in the Russell Athletic Division located in Alexander City and were engaged in employment related to the production of athletic apparel.

A petition filed on behalf of the workers of Russell Brands was certified by the USDOL April 25, 2013. The petition covers those who became unemployed after Feb. 12, 2012 and extends until April 25, 2015.

Under the TAA Act, displaced workers may be eligible for training, job search and relocation assistance and Health Coverage Tax Credit.

Will Whatley, with the Alabama Department of Labor, said once workers are laid off and certified by the state, eligible individuals will be sent a letter.

If workers have exhausted their cash benefits under other state and federal unemployment compensation rograms, they could be eligible for additional weekly benefits equivalent to the amount they were receiving under other programs.

In order to receive Trade Readjustment Allowance (TRA) benefits, workers must be enrolled in training no late than 26 weeks after the certification date or after their last qualifying separation, or a waiver of the training requirement must be granted by the state Employment Service Division of ALDOL.

Russell Brands LLC, Russell Athletic Division, was also certified for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA). Employees who are 50 years of age and older, who obtain fulltime employment after their separation from the affected employer, might be eligible for allowances under the ATAA program.

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