By the end of this year, Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Northrop-Grumman plans to Layoff 642 people from its Pascagoula, Mississippi Shipyard. The first 292 affected workers were given 60 days notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. This recent announcement follows Northrop Grumman's WARN announcment this month that it would layoff 205 employees at the Gulf Coast shipbuilding facilities at Avondale, La. and Tallulah, La.
Shipfitters and other employees from Avondale, Tallulah and Ingalls who have been injured on the job and who have returned to work with restrictions and then are laid off for economic reasons may have their wage loss indemnity benefits reinstated because the resulting job loss is of no fault of their own. Affected injured workers should contact FARA, the third party administrator for self-insured Northrop-Grumman and demand reinstatement of indemnity payments. FARA can be reached at (800) 259-8388.
Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C.A. §§ 901 et seq ("LHWCA") provides that if an alternative position within an injured employees work restrictions becomes unavailable with the employer of injury due to an economic layoff, full indemnity payments must be reinstated until such time as suitable alternative employment can be established by the employer.