What Employment Rights Are Available To Fishermen Who Have Been Affected By Covid-19?

Covid-19 has impacted the entire fishing industry from limited trips to low-price on catch. Unfortunately, fishermen are exposed to Covid-19 on fishing vessels and contracting the virus. Latti & Anderson LLP has received calls from fishermen who have contracted the virus, wondering what their rights are while they are recuperating and after they have recovered.  

If a fisherman contracted Covid-19 during the course of his employment, under the law an employer is responsible to pay the fisherman’s entire medical treatment related to the virus, called “cure”.

Additionally, the fisherman’s employer during the time the fisherman is recovering from the virus must pay a daily stipend called “maintenance” for the fisherman. If the employer and/or vessel owner failed to take proper measures and precautions to protect the fisherman from contracting Covid-19, additional damages may be available.  

Questions have also arisen regarding crew members who have gone home and weeks later is informed another crew member has Covid-19 and he must self-quarantine. Is the owner/employer responsible for lost wages while he waits it out, even if he doesn’t ever test positive?

Contact Latti & Anderson LLP if you:

  • Are a fisherman who has Covid-19
  • Concerned about working on a fishing vessel and being exposed to Covid-19
  • Can’t find work or obtain employment because you tested positive to Covid-19.

If you have questions or have been affected by Covid-19, the attorneys at Latti & Anderson LLP may be able to help. To schedule a confidential consultation, call 1-800-392-6072 today.

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