War Hazards Compensation Act [WHCA] Law and Legal Definition
The War Hazards Compensation Act (WHCA) is a Federal law that provides benefits to employees of government contractors or their survivors for injuries or deaths stemming from war-risk hazards. The WHCA also reimburses insurance carriers for any workers' compensation benefits paid by the carriers to these employees or survivors.
The WHCA applies to:
a. employees of the U.S. contractors who are not entitled to compensation under the Defense Base Act, which provides workers' compensation protection to civilian employees working outside the U.S. under a contract with the federal government;
b. persons engaged by the U.S. under a contract for personal services outside the continental U. S.;
c. workers employed outside the continental U.S. as civilian employees paid from non appropriated funds administered by various military agencies;
d. persons employed under contracts to be performed outside the continental U.S., where those contracts are approved and financed by the U.S. government; and
e. Employees or contractors providing welfare or other services to the U.S. armed forces.