Workers' Compensation Agreement for Independent Contractors & Interns
During the holidays, many wineries & breweries utilize independent contractors (Form 1099) and interns to help with special events. If these individuals are paid or compensated in any way (i.e. financial, food or product), the owner has responsibilities to these individuals. One of the most misunderstood coverage is workers’ compensation. What if they have an accident? Can you as an owner be held liable for injuries to these individuals? The answer is “YES!”
Here are some examples to consider:
It is important to establish the terms of all relationships up front. Having independent contractors and interns sign an agreement stating you will not provide them with Workers' Comp coverage will mitigate potential problems for you and the business. We've developed an Agreement Form for Independent Contractors and one for Interns, which you can download below. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 512-448-9928.