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Sunday, July 5, 2020

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COVE Internship Project Begins Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

to hit the ground running on their first day. The interns will be engaged in project-based Working Integrated Learning (WIL) by virtual means, a new reality in the current workplace.Funding for the Internship Program has been provided by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Department of Labor and Advanced Education (LAE). Both partners are interested in providing the entrepreneurs of the future the opportunity to apply their education in actual industry settings and as a result building the pipeline for future ocean tech companies in Nova Scotia.“This is a terrific opportunity

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For Payroll Purposes, is Your Seaman Really a Seaman?

an employee is considered a seaman when two criteria are met: (1) An exempted seaman must be subject to the authority, direction and control of the vessel’s master; and (2) the exempted seaman’s service must be directed to assist the vessel as a means of transportation. Pursuant to the Department of Labor regulations, non-navigational work becomes “substantial” if it occupies more than 20 percent of the time worked by the employee during a work week. Courts look to the nature of the work that the employee performs and not the description of the position or the place where the job

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Training Program Seeks to Develop Alaskan Shipbuilders

The employers leading Maritime Works are also investing in innovative programs to address a shortage of qualified Alaskan workers in seafood harvesting, processing and marine transportation. They are pooling industry dollars with public funds, and partnering with other stakeholders like the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the University of Alaska, Alaska Construction Academies, Alaska Native groups and others to strengthen the local workforce.    Vigor said its employees are excited about the training: more than 50 employees registering in the first week. “My goal

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Insights: USCG Can Suspend and Revoke Merchant Mariner Credentials

Law Judges appointed under 5 U.S.C. § 3105, which is part of the Administrative Procedure Act. This is called formal adjudication. There are approximately 1,700 Administrative Law Judges in the federal government with most being in the Social Security Administration, Medicare Appeals, and the Department of Labor. The Coast Guard is currently authorized 6 ALJs and one Chief Judge. The ALJs are located in New York, Baltimore, New Orleans, Galveston, Alameda, and Seattle. The Chief Judge is located at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.     ALJs are required to follow the law and

US Awards Grant for Maritime Apprenticeships

sponsor several applicants each year.    Seattle Central College, Seattle Maritime Academy, the Maritime Institute of Technology & Graduate Studies-Pacific Maritime Institute and the Workboat Academy have received a $5 million American Apprenticeship Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help build a new apprenticeship program.    Through the grant, more 150 engineers will be trained over the next five years, both in Seattle and Baltimore. The engineering program will mirror Workboat Academy's deck apprenticeship, now in its 10th year. Engineering cadets will

Navigation Systems Donation Supports Industry Training

and Logistics grant. The Institute houses WKCTC’s Logistics & Operations Management and Marine Technology programs. Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in these programs, completely online.   More than 700 students have received some of training since the U.S Department of Labor awarded the $2.7 million dollar grant to WKCTC in October 2013

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US Ocean Economy Sees Large Growth -NOAA

consistent information that helps users understand and manage the diverse economic demands placed on the oceans and Great Lakes.   NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management developed ENOW time-series data and other products using information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, a sister agency of NOAA in the U.S. Department of Commerce

Dockworkers Union Leaders back West Coast Ports Labor Deal

  A union caucus representing dockworkers at West Coast ports voted to recommend to its members a labor contract deal reached over months of negotiations that led to major disruptions to trans-Pacific trade, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Friday. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative five-year agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association, representing a group of shippers, on Feb. 20 with the help of a federal mediator and intervention by U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. "With their vote to recommend ratification of the contract between shippers

First Apprentice Completes NAVFAC Southwest Program

584 hours of education over a period of three years at San Jose Community College with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning trade. Abbott also worked more than 6,000 hours in on-the-job training. The certificate of completion came from the Department of Labor (DOL). Lt. Cmdr. Oscar Antillon, NAVFAC Southwest public works officer at PWD Monterey, presented the certificate. The apprenticeship program has prepared Abbott for successful performance in his career field. Abbott is the first of many apprentices to graduate from the NAVFAC Southwest

More Coverage Expected from New Federal Regs

passed Section 803 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that expanded the exception for the recreational repair industry from the requirement to purchase higher cost workers’ compensation insurance under the Longshoreand Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. In 2011, the Department of Labor issued a rule that contracted the exception, rather than expand it as Congress intended. Consequently, repair workers reverted to working without coverage due to the affordability and availability of the federal insurance. A seemingly minor change, the term “recreational vessel&rdquo

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