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Black Lung Benefits – ‘Operator’ – Definition Change – Subsequent Rehire (access required)

When the claimant first worked for petitioner’s predecessor, the predecessor did not fall within the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act’s definition of “operator.” However, after the definition of “operator” was expanded to include mining construction contractors like petitioner’s predecessor, petitioner rehired the claimant for enough months to complete the one year of employment required ...