How Much Does DBA Insurance Cost?

Insurance companies are in the business of making money, so they must price risks in proportion to the possibility that you, the customer, will use their services. It’s similar to the way you insure your home, car, or life.

Before I tell you how much a coverage like this would cost, please allow me a few minutes of your time to explain how DBA insurance companies rate plans.

I’ll make things simple enough for you to grasp and avoid nerding out on you! Not to add that if I just told you the price, you’d be curious as to “how” we arrived at that figure.


You will be familiar with the principles of workers compensation coverage if you have prior experience with business or commercial insurance.

If you need more information, see our business insurance 101 page and video.

The entire yearly payroll you intend to pay will be a significant contributing component in the overall rate of the policy, just as workers compensation policies.

And it seems to reason that organizations and missions with more employees, resources, and payroll would demand more DBA Insurance coverage.

The insurance company will take your anticipated total payroll and plug it into a predetermined rate.

The simple formula is to split your entire payroll by 100, then multiply it by the rate established by the insurance company. Add in a few other expenses, such as fees and constants. Your rate will be calculated as a result of this.

Type of Work being performed

This is, once again, to be expected. If you’re sending a linguist to Syria or similar high-risk area, you should expect the policy to be far more stringent than if you’re sending a consultant to a German embassy.

Along the same lines, think about how your staff move about within a country.

Are they using public transportation to get to their actual workplace? Are they both living and working in the same place? Are they reliant on third-country nationals for transportation? Is it necessary for them to have personal protection when commuting?

Perhaps they accomplish the majority of their job via telecommuting, GoToMeeting, or another digital portal after they arrive in the nation.

So, if your staff rely on a bodyguard to transport them to a remote facility in the middle of the desert, you get the picture.

Where the work is being performed

DBA Insurance’s insurance firms have a good knowledge of which parts of the world are more dangerous than others.

When it comes to impact on rates, one area can outperform all others. If your employees are in a zone of special danger or a conflict zone, the rate will almost certainly be the same regardless of what they are physically doing.

They’ve divided the universe into three categories in general: (from most risky to least dangerous)

“Yeah, but my contract may have me going all over the world!” you might be thinking.

As a result of this, our organizations have become extremely adaptable with our clientele.

Starting with the region most likely to be visited is the best advice. We’ll let the companies know that you might have a global contract.

Finally, we are all aware that the world is a dynamic environment. Rates might fluctuate due to geopolitics, regional rivalries, and civil upheaval.

It’s also worth noting that if the US government adjusts its contracting options, insurance firms will adjust as well.

Number of trips vs. length of contract

In a nutshell, some insurance firms will charge you based on the number of trips you expect to take rather than a yearly cost.

If you work as a subcontractor for a prime contractor and only take a few very particular travels, your DBA Insurance provider may provide you a discount.

They will, once again, try their utmost to match the pricing to the overall risk your business and people face.

Is DBA insurance an allowable cost?

For most employees working overseas, DBA mandates U.S. government contractors to have workers’ compensation insurance. If allowed by federal laws, the cost of this insurance is usually reimbursable under government contracts.

How is DBA insurance calculated?

To calculate, multiply each worker’s daily wage by the number of working days, and the result is the payroll. For example, you have five people working for you on a 15-day contract in another country for $500 per day. On the application, you would indicate a total salary of $37,500.

What is a DBA insurance?

DBA insurance, or Defense Base Act insurance, was created to provide US Government contractors with an insurance solution to safeguard their employees and subcontractors when working outside of the United States.

In other words, you would be held liable if you sent an employee overseas to give translation services on the ground and they were harmed, whether significantly or not. Medical fees, as well as the cost of evacuation or any other critical demands, would be included. Unless you have Defense Base Act insurance, that is.

Is DBA insurance required for Germany?

Yes, foreign nationals must be insured under the Defense Base Act. If you are operating in a waiver country and have access to the local state plan for workers compensation, this is an exception. DBA benefits are available to people of any nationality.

Is DBA insurance required for TDY?

21. What are the DBA’s insurance requirements?

The DBA’s insurance requirements are the same as those contained in the LHWCA. Every employer (including contractors and subcontractors) is required by the Longshore Act to either obtain insurance or be permitted to self-insure for the payment of workers’ compensation benefits. If a subcontractor fails to ensure that compensation is paid, the contractor will be held liable and will be expected to ensure that such benefits are paid.

What is DBA usaid?

All agency staff and partners involved in the Acquisition and Assistance process receive information from AAPDs. Advance communication of changes in acquisition or assistance regulations, reminders, processes, and general information are all examples of information. AAPDs can also be used to quickly introduce new requirements while waiting for official amendments to acquisition or assistance regulations.

Unless otherwise specified in the guidelines below, AAPDs are EFFECTIVE AS OF THE DATE OF ISSUANCE; the directives continue in effect until this office publishes a notice of cancellation.

The DBA contract was recently modified, extending the duration of performance by six months from May 31, 2021 to a revised end date of November 30, 2021.

All other details stay the same, including Option 3 tariffs, which will continue to apply until the amended end date.

Required Action: In all new solicitations and awards, Contracting Officers (COs) must continue to use the DBA rates and contact information in this AAPD.

BACKGROUND: DBA coverage is worker’s compensation insurance that allows employees to be compensated if they are injured while working on a government-funded contract that is conducted outside of the United States. In the event that an employee is killed as a direct result of his or her employment under a government-funded contract, DBA coverage offers compensation to the person’s dependents. DBA coverage is required by law for employees of contractors and subcontractors, whatever of the length of their assignment (see 42 U.S.C. 1651 et seq.). It is in addition to any coverage provided by the Department of State. Subcontracts supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are also covered. Before their personnel travel in country and begin work on the contract, USAID contractors and subcontractors must have DBA coverage. Contractors and subcontractors must keep their insurance coverage in place until the contract’s insured personnel have completed their overseas work.

What does DBA mean military?

Welcome to the Defense Base Act (DBA) page for the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC). The Defense Base Act ensures that civilian personnel working on U.S. military bases or under a contract with the US government for public works or national defense are covered by workers’ compensation. This website offers general information about the Defense Base Act that may be useful to federal contracting authorities, US government contractors, insurance specialists, covered employees and their families, and others involved in workers’ compensation claims.

What is the difference between a DBA and LLC?

There is no distinction between the business owner and the business under a DBA. All expenses incurred on behalf of the business are the responsibility of the business owner. An LLC, on the other hand, offers minimal liability protection. The personal property of the business owners is kept separate from the business.

Furthermore, there are no tax advantages to forming a DBA. Owners of an LLC can choose a business structure that enjoys specific tax benefits, such as an S-corporation.

Last but not least, most states that require you to form an LLC require you to file an annual report and, in some cases, pay an annual fee.

In most states, however, fictitious name certifications, which give you the ability to use a DBA, require only a single filing and fee.

What is a subcontractor DBA?

You realize that the injured worker was meant to be covered by your sub’s DBA insurance. It’s written in plain and white in your contract, which the agency’s Contracting Officer approved. The subcontractor dutifully gave you with a certificate of insurance—but not the insuring agreement—at the contract’s beginning 14 months ago, according to your insurance archive. The paperwork finishes there, and your problems begin. The First Lesson: Whenever possible, request a copy of the sub’s insurance policy, noting the expiration dates and ensuring that the coverage offered is as advertised.

Congress established far-reaching worker protections in the Defense Base Act to encourage the hiring of overseas civilian workers assisting on government contracts, national defense service contracts, and US-funded public works and service projects (think the USO). Unless the Secretary of Labor grants a waiver, the safeguards apply to both US citizens and foreign nationals. The DBA protects workers who are injured or killed while on the job, even if it is not within regular working hours. Even recreational activities of employees are sometimes compensable under the DBA when they are assigned to unsafe places.

The DBA designates the prime contractor as the subcontractor’s “deemed employer.” This DBA protection is a cruel trap for the unwary, as it allows an uninsured or underinsured subcontractor’s employee to become the prime contractor’s statutory employee. Finally, the DBA moves the duty of loss for benefits to the “employer” and requires the employer (that is, the prime contractor) to insure such benefits. This type of insurance is widely available on the market from a select group of insurers. In fact, the subcontractor purchased and paid for it fourteen months ago, but failed to renew it, and it expired a month before the fall.

To make matters worse, the prime contractor’s president, treasurer, and secretary are now (1) jointly liable to their involuntary employee for the benefits when there is no insurance in place; and (2) jointly liable to their involuntary employee for the benefits when there is no insurance in place. The upcoming tort action is a lawyer’s dream because the deemed employer waives all tort law defenses, including scope of employment, workers’ compensation bar, assumption of risk/contributory negligence, and borrowed servant, by statute. Essentially, the prime contractor (and the sub) are practically strictly accountable for all proved losses suffered by the plaintiff under this regime. The employee is given the option of statutory damages that are capped or lucrative common law tort remedies.

Yes. If your company is solvent and capable of paying a judgment and contesting the claim, it may have rights against its subcontractor. However, if you do not pay injured worker compensation while that situation is being resolved, the government will come knocking, demanding confirmation of your DBA insurance. Your receivables may be withheld by the government, and your primary contract may be terminated.

If you were fortunate enough to obtain the appropriate prime contractor insurance, you may find that this nightmarish subcontractor scenario is covered. Regardless of the subcontractor’s concerns, you should tender the claim to your own DBA insurance provider as soon as possible. The insurance company will either hire defense counsel, clearing you, or send your company an LS-207 “Notice of Controversion,” alleging there is no coverage since the subcontractor was uninsured.

Other elements of your prime contractor insurance policy may provide coverage for the DBA-deemed employee. For example, the insurer may have agreed to the following language in a conventional workers’ compensation insuring agreement with a broad DBA endorsement: “We shall pay promptly when due the benefits required of you by the workers’ compensation law.” The carrier may step in and cover your organization for this unanticipated exposure if notification is given.

The DBA insurance elements are sometimes added to a broad(er) workers’ compensation insurance policy via endorsement. Additional insured endorsements are one of the many DBA coverages accessible to prime contractors. These endorsements can, of course, be underwritten as “blanket” insurance for all subcontractors working on the main contract for an additional cost. A schedule of subcontractors may be published as changed from time to time, usually quarterly, indicating the contracts expressly and the responsibilities to which subs are assigned, as an alternative. In any case, you’ll need to be hypervigilant about monitoring and requesting updates on your subcontractor’s insurance, including requiring electronic notices of cancellation or non-renewal and creating your own tickler based on a review of the subcontractor’s insurance policy’s inception and expiration dates.

If neither of these options is available, prime contractors may consider adding wide “insured contract” endorsements to their DBA insurance. Coverage may drop down under an insured contract endorsement to fill in some gaps, such as the dreadful subcontractor situation described above. A prime contractor, for example, can obtain insured contract coverage for “responsibility arising out of the Named Insured’s contract(s) that need coverage under the Defense Base Act, 42 U.S.C. 1651-1654.” It’s worth noting that practically all coverage limitations and conditions that apply to a direct insurance claim by the insured also apply to contractual liability insurance. When a claim arises, prompt notice, incident reports, and good communication are critical.

Depending on the language of the indemnity agreement, the prime contractor’s insurance may pick up the liability as an insured contract if an indemnity agreement was in place prior to the injury. The link between an indemnity agreement and the scope of supplementary insured coverage is frequently a source of contention in courts. However, well-considered insurance instruments signed before to a disaster can include policy wording extending (or occasionally limiting) extra insured status provided the named insured has taken the additional insured’s liability in a documented “insured contract.”

The best way to protect your assets is to contact and communicate with credible coverage counsel on a regular basis, properly outlining your business strategy and objectives and needs. Expert coverage counsel can work with you and your broker to resolve a rejection or help you evaluate or test your DBA program. Professionals are available to check for gaps, prepare for the unexpected, review the usefulness of your coverage, and lobby your insurance provider for enhancements and reduced exclusions at, or even before, renewal. It’s possible that after the claim is submitted, it’ll be too late!

Because of the DBA’s sharp, unforgiving “tooth,” prime contractors should assess their DBA and workers’ compensation coverage ahead of time, and develop an insurance procurement and monitoring SOP to ensure they don’t plummet… down, down, down the ladder.

Does the military have workers compensation?

Serving in the United States Armed Forces is a reliable and satisfying job for many Americans, whether for a single tour of duty or a lifetime. They spend years serving their country as reservists and active duty soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen, or coast guardsmen, putting their health and even their lives on the line to protect their fellow Americans. Many servicemembers suffer serious and disabling injuries in the line of duty as a result of the nature of their jobs, and they may be entitled to compensation if they are unable to continue serving.

Military members, however, are not entitled for workers’ compensation after service-related injuries, unlike other public and private sector employees. Instead, they can file for VA (Veterans Administration) disability compensation to get payments. This program, like workers’ compensation, is designed to replace income for servicemembers who are injured or sick on the job.

Furthermore, some servicemembers may be eligible for benefits for disabilities that develop after they leave the military, if the first injury or sickness was caused by their service or if their service aggravated pre-existing problems.