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 RIGL 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 www.dlt.state.ri.us
5-Steps to a
Workers' Compensation Audit for Contractors and Subcontractors