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Is Your Subcontractor Really an Employee?

You may be an employer with requirements — and not know it!

Not understanding your requirements can leave your business vulnerable to unwanted penalties and even lawsuits.

Safety Note:
Did you know?
If it’s your job site, you are responsible for the on-site safety of all employees, whether they work for you, your contractor, a subcontractor or someone else. Go to Steps to a Safe Workplace.

In some cases, a self-proclaimed “independent contractor” is actually a worker for whom you must:

  • Pay workers’ compensation.
  • Meet wage and hour requirements.
  • Pay unemployment tax.
  • Always keep a safe workplace.

L&Is Independent Contractor Guide can help you better understand Washington's 6-part test (7 parts for construction contractors).

Read the guide online, print it, or order copies.

Para ver esta publicacin en espaol, haga clic en el enlace, Gua para el Contratista Independiente.

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