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U.S. Department of Labor - These are contact
numbers for Dept of Labor Offices that maintain
regional employment, unemployment, wage
information.

ALASKA - Juneau, AK - (907) 465-4518
ARIZONA - Phoenix, AZ - (602) 542-3871
ARKANSAS - Little Rock, AR - (501) 682-4500
CALIFORNIA - Sacramento, CA - (916) 262-2160
COLORADO - Denver, CO - (303) 318-8898
CONNECTICUT - Wethersfield, CT - (860) 263-6255
DELAWARE - Wilmington, DE - (302) 761-8052
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - (202) 671-1633
GUAM - Tamuning, GU - (671) 475-7062
HAWAII - Honolulu, HI - (808) 586-8996
IDAHO - Boise, ID - (800) 772-2553
ILLINOIS - Chicago, IL - (312) 793-2316
INDIANA - Indianapolis, IN - (317) 232-7460
IOWA - Des Moines, IA - (515) 281-0255
KANSAS - Topeka, KS - (785) 296-5058
KENTUCKY - Frankfort, KY - (502) 564-7976
LOUISIANA - Baton Rouge, LA - (225) 342-3141
MAINE - Augusta, ME - (207) 287-2271
MARYLAND - Baltimore, MD - (410) 767-2250
MASSACHUSETTS - Boston, MA - (617) 626-6556
MICHIGAN - Detroit, MI - (313) 456-3090
MINNESOTA - St. Paul, MN - (651) 282-2714
MISSISSIPPI - Jackson, MS - (601) 321-6261
MISSOURI - Jefferson City, MO - (573) 751-3609
U.S. Department of Labor - These are contact
numbers for Dept of Labor Offices that maintain
regional employment, unemployment, wage
information.

NEVADA - Carson City, NV - (775) 684-0387
NEW HAMPSHIRE - Concord, NH - (603) 228-4123
NEW JERSEY - Trenton, NJ 08625 - 609 292-0099
NEW MEXICO - Albuquerque, NM - (505) 222-4683
NEW YORK - Albany, NY - (518) 457-6369
NORTH CAROLINA - Raleigh, NC - (919) 733-2936
NORTH DAKOTA - Bismarck, ND - (701) 328-2868
OHIO - Columbus, OH - (614) 752-9494
OKLAHOMA - Oklahoma City, OK - (405) 557-7265
OREGON - Salem, OR - (503) 947-1212
PENNSYLVANIA - Harrisburg, PA - (717) 787-3266
PUERTO RICO Hato Rey, PR - (787) 754-5340
RHODE ISLAND - Cranston, RI - (401) 462-8767
SOUTH CAROLINA - Columbia, SC (803)
737-2660SOUTH DAKOTA - Aberdeen, SD - (605)
626-2314
TENNESSEE - Nashville, TN - (615) 741-2284
TEXAS - Austin, TX -
UTAH - Salt Lake City, UT - (801) 526-9401
VERMONT - Montpelier, VT - (802) 828-4153
VIRGIN ISLANDS-Charlotte Aml, VI -340 776-3700
VIRGINIA - Richmond, VA - (804) 786-7496
WASHINGTON - Lacey, WA - (360) 438-4804
WEST VIRGINIA - Charleston, WV - (304) 558-2660
WISCONSIN - Madison, WI - (608) 267-2393
WYOMING - Casper, WY - (307) 473-3807
Maritime Law - Maritime Employees Other Than Regular Vessel Crews
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Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act
Defense Base Act & War Hazards Compensation Act
We said, we'd leave the Defense Base Act and War Hazard Compensation Act (for civilian
contractors injured while working in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas locations or war
zones) out of the picture and stick to the Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act.
That act can cover dockbuilders, shipyard workers, stevedores, longshoremen, mechanics
and other positions where the maritime employee is not part of the crew of the vessel
according to the legal test for seaman status. Harbor pilots, docking pilots and commercial
divers may fall under this category. And there is another avenue of recovery when an injury
arises from a defective product or piece of equipment. We call this a
Product Liability
Theory.

Commercial divers are a little different though, in that they can be considered Jones Act
Seaman in some cases. It may revolve around their relationship to the vessel from which
they work. This can be important for the diver because commercial diving is a very
dangerous profession. If a diver is injured in the course of his or her employment, they
would be more strongly protected by the Jones Act rather than the Longshore & Harbor
Workers’ Compensation Act because the Jones Act would provide them with a remedy if
the employer was negligent. The remedy would be an award for their pain and suffering,
which is a non-economic class of damages.

The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, on the other hand is more similar to
workers’ compensation type coverage. And with workers’ compensation, the premise is
that you don’t have a legal cause of action against your employer for non-economic losses
from your injuries, such as pain and suffering, if you were injured on the job through the
negligence of the employer. You only have a cause of action for economic damages, which
mean things like lost wages and reimbursement of your hospital and medical expenses.
However, there is a legal concept known as third party claims.

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For maritime workers not permanently assigned to a vessel injured in the course of their
work for an employer, their rights may be governed by the Longshore & Harbor Workers’
Compensation Act, or possibly by the negligence of
Third Parties,
But back to the LWHCA, which is like a workers' compensation scheme for workers not
"Jones Act seamen" in the eyes of the law. For now, let's leave the Defense Base Act and
War Hazard Compensation Act out of the picture and limit the discussion to ordinary
civilian workers, not civilian contractors working for the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.  
Employees stationed overseas on military bases, such as civilian contractors serving in
Iraq or Afghanistan, another law may apply in the event of injury, disability or death called
the Defense Base Act. Additionally, for civilian contractors working in Iraq, Afghanistan or
other parts of the Middle East, the War Hazards Compensation Act covers employees of
contractors and subcontractors exposed to war hazards.