Very interesting NY Times piece on the “gig economy,” where millions of Americans work as contractors or temporary employees, along a corresponding increase in voters’ economic anxieties ahead of next year’s election. The full article is here.
In our practice, we are seeing this type of work with greater frequency. A large concern is whether these “temporary” or “contracted” employees are covered under a worker’s compensation policy. To be a truly independent contractor under Wisconsin law, a stringent series of tests must be met about the ability to control one’s work, hours, equipment, etc. If injured as a claimed independent contractor, a worker would be wise to consult with an attorney about whether they are actually an “employee”-not an independent contractor-and entitled to worker’s compensation benefits.