In the final part of our discussion on independent contractors, we will look at the last 4 tests of Part B of the Department of Labor and Industries in Washington state.
In our previous 2 discussions, we looked at Part A of the guide and the first half of Part B. In this discussion we will look at the remaining 4 tests:
For general contractors only: Does the individual have their own, valid contractors license? If not, then you must cover this individual under your own worker’s compensation insurance.
If any of the tests in these three discussions are failed, it is recommended that you contact the Department of Labor & Industries for further advice. It is incumbent on the business owner to insure that all independent contractors are actually independent contractors and not really employees. The state of Washington provides substantial penalties for falsely reporting employees as independent contractors to avoid paying worker’s compensation insurance premiums.