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Independent Contractors: Washington

Independent Contractors requirements for other states

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

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team


  • The economic realities test is used to determine independent contractor status under the Washington Minimum Wage Act. See Wage and Hour.
  • An individual must satisfy either the ABC Test or a backup six-point test to be considered an independent contractor under the Washington Employment Security Act. See Unemployment Insurance.
  • The backup six-point test for independent contractors used under Washington's unemployment insurance law is also used for the state's workers' compensation law. See Workers' Compensation.