NMMA: Workers’ comp changes hurt the industry

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor on its proposed regulation for the exemption of recreational boats from the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.

The proposal, submitted earlier this week, will have a direct impact on boatbuilders and repairers, the NMMA said.

Since 1984, this act excluded from coverage individuals employed to build, repair or dismantle any recreational vessel less than 65 feet. In 2009, Congress removed the 65-foot limitation for repair work only.

The federal proposal makes a number of changes to the recreational boat exemption that go beyond that simple legislative change and hurt marine businesses, the association said.

In addition, after an NMMA-led call with the Small Business Administration and industry contacts, the SBA Office of the Advocacy filed its own comments in support of the NMMA and the marine industry's position.

For information, contact Cindy Squires at (202) 737-9766 or csquires@nmma.org.

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