In our last post, we began speaking about the issue of worker status for purposes of workers’ compensation insurance. As we noted, state law does not require workers’ compensation coverage for independent contractors, and so the issue of worker status can come up in cases where workers’ compensation benefits are sought.
In proving a workers’ status as an independent contractor, there are various criteria that must be met. The first is that the worker must present himself or herself as being in businesses for himself or herself. The worker must also have control over his or her work schedule and the means and manner of performance of the work. In other words, the worker must not be under ongoing supervision.