Thursday, February 12, 2009

Recreational Marine Exemption

The long awaited expansion of the exemption for certain recreational marine employees under LONGSHORE might finally be in sight.

The Economic Stimulus bill recently passed by the U.S. House included a provision that would amend Section 2(3)(F) of the LONGSHORE and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (33U.S.C.902(#)(F) by

(1) Striking ", repair, or dismantle"; and

(2) By Striking the semicolon and inserting ", or individuals employed to repair any recreational vessel in connection with the repair of such vessel;"

The amendment, if passed in the Senate, would not limit the length of the recreational vessel being repaired or dismantled but retains the 65 ft limit for boat builders/manufacturers. (See page 129 of the bill) and thus drastically expand the exclusion for employees repairing recreational vessels >65 ft

The full bill can be read at