Will Workers’ Compensation Pay For Treatment Of Your Work Injury Even If Your Employer Pays You On A 1099 Basis?
Misclassification of employees is a serious issue in employment law. Employers avoid formally hiring workers as employees, because then they become responsible for payroll taxes, Social Security, and Medicare for those workers, to say nothing of overtime pay and health insurance benefits. Whenever possible, employers will call you an independent contractor and hand you a 1099 at the beginning of tax season each year, even if there is no difference between the work you do and what employees do.
Fortunately, workers’ compensation law sometimes requires employers to use their workers’ compensation insurance to cover the treatment of work injuries sustained by workers officially classified as independent contractors. They base these decisions on a complex set of factors including but not limited to:
- Who paid the taxes?
- Did the employer control how and when you performed the job?
- Could you work for any other employer during this time?
- Did the employer provide the equipment to perform the job?
- Were you required to buy your own insurance?
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer About Work Injuries at Independent Contractor Jobs
A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you if your employer does not believe you that you are an independent contractor in name only but perform the work of an employee. Contact Connolly Injury Law in Chicago, Illinois or call or text (312)780-0816.