My Employer Told Me That He Only Has to Pay Me 8 Per Day While I Am Out of Work How Can'this Be

Q
My employer told me that he only has to pay me $8 per day while I am out of work. How can this be true?
A
What your employer is talking about is called maintenance. Maintenance is an amount of money sufficient to pay the reasonable cost of food and lodging while a seaman recovers from his illness or injuries. The courts have held that a seaman is entitled to his actual cost of living expenses not a arbitrary amount determined by your employer. However, if there is in place a collectively bargained-for rate of maintenance, as negotiated by the employer and the seafarer's labor union, the CBA rate will be enforced.