The State of Rhode Island Workers' Compensation Law requires that an employer with one of more employees have a workers' compensation insurance policy. If an employer retains an individual who is an independent contractor as opposed to hiring the individual, they are not obligated to carry workers' compensation for that individual.
Effective January 2001, an independent contractor status is documented by filing a new form entitled "Notice of Designation as Independent Contractor" pursuant to R.I.G.L. 28-29-17.1. The independent contractor will file form DWC-11-IC with the Department of Labor and Training. Forms may be downloaded from the RI Department of Labor and Training
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