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Independent Contractors: Tennessee

Independent Contractors requirements for other states

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

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team


  • Tennessee courts usually apply a common law right of control test to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. See Determining Whether a Worker Is an Employee or an Independent Contractor.
  • Similar factors are considered under Tennessee's workers' compensation law. See Workers' Compensation.
  • A three-part ABC test is used for unemployment insurance purposes. See Unemployment Insurance.
  • Certain workers known as marketplace contractors will be considered independent contractors for all purposes under state and local laws, rules, ordinances and resolutions - including the workers' compensation and unemployment insurance laws - if certain conditions are met. See Marketplace Contractors.