If you are a business owner who contracts with the U.S. government for work outside the country, you must comply with the requirements of the Defense Base Act. Penalties for not complying can be devastating to your company, including large fines, lost contracts and potential lawsuits.
What is Defense Base Act Insurance?
DBA insurance is similar to workers’ compensation insurance. If your employees are working outside the U.S. and are injured or get sick due to a work-related event, they will be protected. The insurance helps to cover their medical bills, along with potential reimbursement of lost wages. This insurance will also protect your company against unwanted and costly litigation.
The groups of people for whom Defense Base Act insurance is critical include the following:
- Those working on foreign soil for public works businesses that are funded by the U.S. government
- Workers involved with foreign government-based military contracts or public works projects that are critical to our national security
- Employees who work on a military base located outside the country
- Others who work on behalf of the U.S. government but not related to military operations
- Additional workers under a subcontract for the reasons listed above
Talk with your insurance agent to ensure that you have the proper protection for your employees who work on government-funded projects outside the United States.