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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

none

07/08/2015

07/08/2017

Australia

Geographic

2015-02

10/27/2015

10/27/2017

Belgium

Geographic

2015-03

11/03/2015

11/03/2017

Czech Republic

Geographic

2017-08

05/10/2017

05/09/2020

Denmark

Geographic

2017-01

11/30/2016

11/30/2019

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

Iceland

Geographic

2017-02

11/30/2016

11/30/2019

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

03/30/2020

Lithuania

Geographic

2017-5

03/28/2017

03/27/2020

Mexico

Geographic

2017-4

02/28/2017

02/28/2020

Netherlands

Geographic

2015-07

11/03/2015

11/03/2017

Norway

Geographic

2017-03

11/30/2016

11/30/2019

South Korea

Geographic

2016-3

04/01/2016

04/01/2019

Spain

Geographic

2015-07

11/03/2015

11/03/2017

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

04/16/2020

Vietnam

Geographic

2016-7

08/09/2016

08/09/2019