UU 100.1 Merchant Marines

Click on the case numbers below to access cases involving merchant marines and their eligibility for unemployment benefits.


BR-111428 (February 25, 2011) — Between tours of duty on the employer's merchant marine vessel, the claimant was in total unemployment under G.L. c. 151A, § 1(r).  He was out of work because the collective bargaining agreement mandated an end to his assignment.  He registered with the hiring hall and, as an uncertified bosun, could only be re-employed through his hiring hall and only if a certified bosun was available.


BR-106952 (Feb. 13, 2009) — Vacation pay to a merchant marine on shore leave was disqualifying remuneration under G.L. c. 151A, § 1(r), because he retained a contractual right to continued employment during this period of compulsory job rotation.


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