GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA

SESSION 2005

 

 

HOUSE BILL 818

RATIFIED BILL

 

 

AN ACT relating to the current status of drivers as employees or independent contractors under the workers' compensation act.

 

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

 

SECTION 1.  G.S. 97-19.1 reads as rewritten:

" 97-19.1.  Truck, tractor, or truck tractor trailer driver's status as employee or independent contractor.

(a)       An individual in the interstate or intrastate carrier industry who operates a truck, tractor, or truck tractor trailer licensed by a governmental motor vehicle regulatory agency may be an employee or an independent contractor under this Article dependent upon the application of the common law test for determining employment status.

Any principal contractor, intermediate contractor, or subcontractor, irrespective of whether such contractor regularly employs three or more employees, who contracts with an individual in the interstate or intrastate carrier industry who operates a truck, tractor, or truck tractor trailer licensed by a governmental motor vehicle regulatory agency and who has not secured the payment of compensation in the manner provided for employers set forth in G.S. 97-93 for himself personally and for his employees and subcontractors, if any, shall be liable as an employer under this Article for the payment of compensation and other benefits on account of the injury or death of the independent contractor and his employees or subcontractors due to an accident arising out of and in the course of the performance of the work covered by such contract.

(b)       Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, a principal contractor, intermediate contractor, or subcontractor shall not be liable as an employer under this Article for the payment of compensation on account of the injury or death of the independent contractor if the principal contractor, intermediate contractor, or subcontractor (i) contracts with an independent contractor that is licensed by a governmental motor vehicle regulatory agency and (ii) the independent contractor is operating the vehicle pursuant to that license.

(c)       The principal contractor, intermediate contractor, or subcontractor may insure any and all of his independent contractors and their employees or subcontractors in a blanket policy, and when insured, the independent contractors, subcontractors, and employees will be entitled to compensation benefits under the blanket policy.

A principal contractor, intermediate contractor, or subcontractor may include in the governing contract with an independent contractor in the interstate or intrastate carrier industry who operates a truck, tractor, or truck tractor trailer licensed by a governmental motor vehicle regulatory agency an agreement for the independent contractor to reimburse the cost of covering that independent contractor under the principal contractor's, intermediate contractor's, or subcontractor's coverage of his business."

SECTION 2.  This act is effective when it becomes law.

In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 15th day of June, 2006.

 

 

 

 

                                                        ___________________________________________

                                                         Beverly E. Perdue

                                                         President of the Senate

 

 

 

 

                                                        ___________________________________________

                                                         Richard T. Morgan

                                                         Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives

 

 

 

 

                                                        ___________________________________________

                                                         Michael F. Easley

                                                         Governor

 

 

Approved __________.m. this ______________ day of ___________________, 2006