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Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (DLHWC)

 

The Secretary of Labor may waive application of the Defense Base Act with respect to any contract, work location, or class of employees upon the written request of the head of any department or other agency of the United States. It is Department of Labor policy that waivers do not apply to citizens or legal residents of the U.S. or to employees hired in the U.S. In addition, once granted, the waiver is only valid if alternative workers' compensation benefits are provided to the waived employees pursuant to applicable local law. If there are no local workers' compensation laws, the waiver has no effect and local and foreign nationals working under a U.S. contract are covered under the DBA. The following is a list of active DBA waivers.

Click on the country name to view a copy of the waiver.

Active DBA Waivers

Location

Type

Number

Issued Date

Expiration Date

American Samoa

Geographic

2017-11

07/06/2017

07/05/2022

Australia

Geographic

2015-02

10/27/2015

10/27/2017

Belarus

Geographic

2017-16

08/11/2017

08/10/2022

Belgium

Geographic

2015-03

11/03/2015

11/03/2017

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Geographic

2017-09

05/30/2017

05/29/2022

Canada

Geographic

2017-18

09/21/2017

09/20/2022

Czech Republic

Geographic

2017-08

05/10/2017

05/09/2022

Denmark

Geographic

2017-01

11/30/2016

11/29/2021

Finland

Geographic

2017-12

07/07/2017

07/06/2022

France

Geographic

2015-04

11/03/2015

11/03/2017

Germany

Geographic

2015-05

11/03/2015

11/03/2017

Greenland

Geographic

2016-1

04/01/2016

04/01/2019

Guam

Geographic

n/a

01/11/1982

none

Hungary

Geographic

2017-15

08/11/2017

08/10/2022

Iceland

Geographic

2017-02

11/30/2016

11/29/2021

India

Geographic

2016-6

06/21/2016

06/21/2019

Israel

Geographic

2016-4

04/22/2016

04/22/2019

Italy

Geographic

2015-06

11/03/2015

11/03/2017

Japan

Geographic

2016-2

04/01/2016

04/01/2019

Latvia

Geographic

2017-06

03/31/2017

03/30/2022

Lithuania

Geographic

2017-5

03/28/2017

03/27/2022

Mexico

Geographic

2017-4

02/28/2017

02/27/2022

Netherlands

Geographic

2015-07

11/03/2015

11/03/2017

Norway

Geographic

2017-03

11/30/2016

11/29/2021

Romania

Geographic

2017-10

05/30/2017

05/29/2022

Portugal

Geographic

2017-17

08/14/2017

08/13/2022

Slovakia

Geographic

2017-14

07/26/2017

07/25/2022

South Korea

Geographic

2016-3

04/01/2016

04/01/2019

Spain

Geographic

2015-07

11/03/2015

11/03/2017

Sweden

Geographic

2017-13

07/26/2017

07/25/2022

Switzerland

Geographic

2015-08

11/03/2015

11/03/2017

Turkey

Geographic

2016-5

04/22/2016

04/22/2019

Ukraine

Geographic

2015-01

09/17/2014

09/17/2019

United Kingdom

Geographic

2017-07

04/17/2017

04/16/2022

Vietnam

Geographic

2016-7

08/09/2016

08/09/2019