As the name suggests, maritime law dictates rules over how organizations should operate at sea. This involves giving strict guidelines regarding what is considered illegal or legal when at sea, as well as dictating the relationships between different entities and vessels while in the ocean. However, there is a specific series of laws, called the Jones Act Maritime, that protects American seamen in case of any injuries or if they run into problems regarding being compensated for their work. The law is extremely important for any business and therefore the following gives a brief run down of what is included within this law.
Brief History of the Jones Law
The law came into being in the year 1920 and was designed to protect workers at sea. Before this period, these maritime workers were often at risk of not getting adequately paid due to the lack of any concrete law that would require these workers to be paid. The Jones Act Maritime was thus passed.
Who Can Practice the Law?
Needless to say, these series of laws are extremely complex and very different from the ‘normal’ laws that are practiced on land. As such, not every lawyer is allowed to practice these laws; instead, only lawyers who have specifically studied these laws and have proven their knowledge regarding the laws are allowed to practice them.
What does the Jones Act Maritime Do?
In brief, the laws help ensure that U.S. workers on the seas are properly compensated for the work they do; also, workers who get injured are also fully insured and compensated.
Along with this, American workers are also protected in terms of getting priority when being considered for hire. The law, therefore, ensures that every corporation that works on the seas had a specific percentage of their workforce by made up of Americans.
The law also ensures that any individual who has spent most of their career of seas be protected by the Jones Act Maritime. This is great as the law ensures a much higher rate of compensation for professionals at sea as opposed to those who are not protected under the law.
Lastly, the law ensures that workers who get injured due to the negligence of the company they are working for are properly compensated. This, in turn, makes it more likely that companies will continually strive for the proper working condition, fixing damaged vessels, and provide workers with proper equipment and protective gear to do their jobs.
The Jones Act Maritime is simply one of many maritime laws but is definitely a greatly important one for American workers. Before the passage of this law, maritime workers were seldom guaranteed proper protection and were often even neglected during the hiring process. Since the passage of the law, however, more Americans are being employed by American corporations that operate at the seas and fewer injuries have taken place.