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§ 2297.
Job search allowances
Job search allowance authorized
In general

An adversely affected worker covered by a certification issued under subpart A of this part may file an application with the Secretary for payment of a job search allowance.

Approval of applications
The Secretary may grant an allowance pursuant to an application filed under paragraph (1) when all of the following apply:
Assist adversely affected worker

The allowance is paid to assist an adversely affected worker who has been totally separated in securing a job within the United States.

Local employment not available

The Secretary determines that the worker cannot reasonably be expected to secure suitable employment in the commuting area in which the worker resides.

The worker has filed an application for the allowance with the Secretary before—
the later of—
the 365th day after the date of the certification under which the worker is certified as eligible; or
the 365th day after the date of the worker’s last total separation; or
the date that is the 182d day after the date on which the worker concluded training, unless the worker received a waiver under section 2291(c) of this title.
Amount of allowance
In general

An allowance granted under subsection (a) shall provide reimbursement to the worker of 90 percent of the cost of necessary job search expenses as prescribed by the Secretary in regulations.

Maximum allowance

Reimbursement under this subsection may not exceed $1,250 for any worker.

Allowance for subsistence and transportation

Reimbursement under this subsection may not be made for subsistence and transportation expenses at levels exceeding those allowable under section 2296(b)(1) and (2) of this title.


Notwithstanding subsection (b), the Secretary shall reimburse any adversely affected worker for necessary expenses incurred by the worker in participating in a job search program approved by the Secretary.

(Pub. L. 93–618, title II, § 237, Jan. 3, 1975, 88 Stat. 2023; Pub. L. 97–35, title XXV, § 2507, Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 886; Pub. L. 98–369, div. B, title VI, § 2672(a), July 18, 1984, 98 Stat. 1172; Pub. L. 99–272, title XIII, § 13005(a), Apr. 7, 1986, 100 Stat. 303; Pub. L. 107–210, div. A, title I, § 121, Aug. 6, 2002, 116 Stat. 942; Pub. L. 111–5, div. B, title I, § 1833(a), Feb. 17, 2009, 123 Stat. 386; Pub. L. 112–40, title II, §§ 201(b), (c), 214(d), Oct. 21, 2011, 125 Stat. 403, 406; Pub. L. 114–27, title IV, § 402(b), (c), June 29, 2015, 129 Stat. 374.)
cite as: 19 USC 2297