Injuries while repairing a recreational vessel no longer subject to Longshore Act.

On December 30, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a new regulation excluding all workers employed in the repair of any recreational vessel (regardless of length) from coverage under the Longshore and Harbor workers’ Compensation Act. A recreational vessel is defined as a vessel that is manufactured or operated primarily for pleasure or leased, rented, or chartered to another for pleasure.

At the edges, the new regulation will not impact marina operators, because the LHWCA excludes from the term “employee” those “individuals employed by a marina and who are not engaged in construction, replacement, or expansion of such marina (except for routine maintenance),” provided the worker is subject to a state compensation law.

Greg Lois is the managing partner of LOIS LLC and dedicates his practice to defending employers and carriers in New York and New Jersey workers' compensation claims. Greg is the author of a popular series of "Handbooks" on workers' compensation, and is the co-author of the 2016 & 2017 Lexis-Nexis New Jersey Workers' Compensation Practice Guide. Greg can be reached at 201-880-7213 or glois@loisllc.com