The mission of DLHWC is to minimize the impact of land based, maritime employment injuries and deaths on the injured employees and their families by ensuring that workers' compensation benefits are provided promptly and properly under the following laws:
Benefits paid under the LHWCA and its extensions totaled $1.3 billion in CY2016. Excluding beneficiaries who are covered by the Special Workers’ Compensation Fund, the DLHWC generally does not issue benefit decisions or payments directly to injured workers. The role of the DLHWC is to provide technical assistance, dispute resolution services and oversee benefit delivery by the self-insured employers and insurance carriers it authorizes and regulates.
Any party to a claim or the party’s representative may now choose to waive service by certified mail and instead receive service via email. This electronic service option applies only to compensation orders, not other communications from the OWCP/DLHWC. To learn more, click HERE to access Industry Notice No. 152.
OWCP has published a final rule that implements the Act’s Section 6 and 9 maximum and minimum compensation provisions. The rule also addresses the Act’s section 10(f) annual adjustment provision. Click HERE to read a letter from the Longshore Director that summarizes the updates. Click HERE to review the Maximum and Minimum Compensation Rates final rule on the Federal Register’s website. Click HERE for the news release.
Longshore Industry Notices
The Longshore Industry Notice is a document that is issued typically to Longshore's business partners and/or clients and provides guidance, instruction, and/or information relevant to the application of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA).
Industry Notice No-178 (Procedure for Filing New Claims and First Reports of Injury Electronically via the Secure Electronic Access Portal (SEAPortal)) (PDF)
Industry Notice No-177 (2020 increase of civil monetary penalties in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015) (PDF)
Industry Notice No-176 (2020 Advance Assessment for the Special Fund and Submission of Form LS-513 via the Longshore Electronic Access Forms Submission (LEAFS)) (PDF)
Industry Notice No-175 (Consolidating District Offices and Revising Administrative Case Assignment Procedures in the Longshore Program of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP)) PDF
Industry Notice No-174 (Honolulu Office Closing) PDF
NAWW Industry Notice No-173 (Maximum
and Minimum Compensation Rates Under the Longshore Act, Effective October 1,
2019; Adjustments of Permanent Total Disability and Death Cases) PDF
Industry Notice No-172 (2019 Final Assessment for the Special Fund) PDF
Industry Notice No-171 (2019 increase of civil monetary penalties in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015) PDF
Industry Notice No-170 (2019 Advance Assessment for the Special Fund and Submission of Form LS-513 via the Longshore Electronic Access Forms Submission (LEAFS) PDF
Industry Notice No-169 (Defense Base Act Coverage for U.S. Government Contractors Working in Puerto Rico) PDF
NAWW Industry Notice No-168 (Maximum and Minimum Compensation Rates Under the Longshore Act, Effective October 1, 2018; Adjustments of Permanent Total Disability and Death Cases) PDF
Frequently Asked Questions
Preguntas Frecuentes en Español
Laws, Regulations and Procedures
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) and its extensions, all associated federal regulations, DLHWC procedure manual and related reference materials.