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Independent Contractors: Kentucky

Independent Contractors requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Allen S. Kinzer, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

Updating Author: XpertHR Editorial Team


  • Kentucky uses a multifactor "right to control" test to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the state's wage and hour law. See Wage and Hour.
  • Four factors are considered under Kentucky's workers' compensation law. See Workers' Compensation.
  • A common law test is applied for unemployment insurance law. See Unemployment Insurance.
  • Certain workers known as marketplace contractors are considered independent contractors under all Kentucky state and local laws - including the wage and hour, workers' compensation and unemployment insurance laws - if certain conditions are met. See Marketplace Contractors.