29 CFR 783.28 - General legislative history.
As originally enacted in 1938, section 13(a)(3) of the Fair Labor Standards Act exempted from both the minimum wage and overtime pay requirements “any employee employed as a seaman” ( 52 Stat. 1050). In 1949 when several amendments were made to the Act ( 63 Stat. 910), this exemption was not changed except that it was renumbered section 13(a)(14). In the 1961 amendments ( 75 Stat. 65), a like exemption was retained but it was limited to one employed as a seaman on a vessel other than an American vessel (section 13(a)(14)); an overtime exemption was provided for all employees employed as seamen (section 13(b)(6)), and those employed as seamen on an American vessel were brought within the minimum wage provisions (sec. 6(b)(2)).