Most well-prepared contracts/agreements made by companies with contract workers include a requirement that the contractor carry sufficient insurance to cover him/herself and all of their subcontractors (if any are involved) to relieve the company from this obligation.
So, I would say first and foremost, do you have good contracts/agreements in place? Also, you need to be sure that the people you are calling "contractors" are really contractors.
That is, you must be very careful to abide by the IRS rules regarding "contractors" (i.e., 1099 workers). Contractors should all have specific self-determining kinds of work to do, normally in a finite time period, with defined deliverables, using their own place of work, and so forth.
If you look at section two of the IRS publication 15-A, you will see exactly what the IRS considers when determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor (i.e., 1099 worker).
In addition, the IRS will help an organization free of charge to determine the appropriate classification for a worker or group of workers in the organization in regards to federal law. To obtain that service, you simply complete and submit IRS Form SS-8. However, your state may have different requirements.
Some P&C brokers will let you insure your contractors on your workers compensation policy. You will need to ask yours to see how she handles such requests.
Question added to topic Human Resources • May 10, 2010
Can I cover a subcontractor on my company's workers comp insurance?
I'm planning to hire temporary help on a 1099 subcontractor basis.
Penny is a seasoned human resources executive and consultant with over 25 years of diverse business experience in advising enterprise leaders on employment-related matters.