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Does the Longshore Act apply in Guam?
Sep 10, 2009 - Jack Martone, The American Equity Underwriters, Inc.
We have a long way to go in our effort to cover each of the Top Ten Longshore Act questions. Last time we looked at Number 15 – Does the Longshore Act apply overseas? Now it’s time to look at another question.

Should we pick a difficult one or an easy one?

As Joe Garagiola once said while broadcasting a baseball game, “Oh well, half of one, six dozen of the other.”

Using this advice, I’ve decided to pick an easy one this time.

Question number 9 – Does the Longshore Act apply in Guam? Does it apply in Puerto Rico? Does it apply in the Virgin Islands? Does it apply in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI)?

Answer(s):

Does the Longshore Act apply in Guam? – YES
Does the Longshore Act apply in Puerto Rico? – NO
Does the Longshore Act apply in the (American) Virgin Islands? – YES
Does the Longshore Act apply in the CNMI? – YES

NOTE: But be careful. If the question is whether the Defense Base Act applies you may get a different answer.

Does the Defense Base Act apply in Guam? – NO Does the Defense Base Act apply in Puerto Rico? – YES


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John A. (Jack) Martone served for 27 years in the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, as the Chief, Branch of Insurance, Financial Management, and Assessments and Acting Director, Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation. Jack joined The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (AEU) in 2006, where he serves as Senior Vice President, AEU Advisory Services and is the moderator of AEU's Longshore Insider.
 
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