Painting Contractors As Employers

The same principle relevant to contractors for construction projects also applies to contractors for painting jobs. Specifically, where a business owner hires a subcontractor for a painting job within the regular course of business, the contractor is treated as the painters’ employer for workers’ compensation purposes. For example, if the contractor is a realty company and painting homes occurs regularly in the course of its business, then the law will treat the realty company as the painters’ employer. However, a contractor is unlikely to be considered the painters’ employer where he merely hires a subcontractor on an infrequent and inconsistent basis.