Are independent contractors entitles to workers’ compensation benefits?
No. In Minnesota, “independent contractors” are generally not covered for workers’ compensation. That being said, just because your employer tells you that you are an “independent contractor” does not mean that you are considered an “independent contractor” within the meaning of the workers’ compensation law.
There are a variety of rules that apply to different types of occupations to determine whether a worker is an “independent contractor.”
Misclassification of employees as “independent contractors” is a problem that is rampant in the construction industry. Most construction workers are not “independent contractors” within the meaning of the Workers’ Compensation Act.
If you have a work-related injury, and you’re unsure whether you are an independent contractor or not, contact us for a specific analysis of your case.