Water Recreation Work|May Mean No Work Comp

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The Labor Department’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs plans to exclude certain recreational-vessel workers from the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act definition of “employee,” while clarifying that employees are covered under the act as long as some of their work constitutes “maritime employment.”

     These regulations would clarify both the definition of “recreational vessel” and those circumstances under which workers are excluded from coverage when working on those vessels.
     The changes would implement amendments to the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
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